Analysis: Late Voting Decisions Make N.H. Primaries Unique

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From left, residents Donna Kaye Erwin, Tanner Tillotson, Peter Johnson, and Jacques Couture wait for the stoke of midnight to cast their voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, at The Balsams Grand Resort, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Dixville, N.H.
From left, residents Donna Kaye Erwin, Tanner Tillotson, Peter Johnson, and Jacques Couture wait for the stoke of midnight to cast their voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, at The Balsams Grand Resort, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Dixville, N.H.

The charm and the tactile one-on-one interaction with the candidates is what has always made the New Hampshire primary special. But is that really the way it is, still, today?

Dartmouth College government professor Linda Fowler joined Morning Edition Tuesday to discuss the Granite State’s particular place in the primaries.

“New Hampshire voters typically make up their minds late in the campaign, and as of Monday we still had a lot of undecided voters. And that’s what gives the primary its energy,” Fowler said.