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Primary Push in NH

The 2008 presidential election season is heating up, 16 months before the ultimate vote. The candidates are in campaign mode, the polls are piling up.

As the site of the first primary in the nation — set for January 22nd — New Hampshire has always been an early and influential stop on the trail. Historically, its primary has weeded out the weaker candidates and raised the profile of those who do well in the Granite State.

Over the weekend, the stumping was intense as candidates vied for attention in New Hampshire. Republican John McCain was there, as were Democrats Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd. Today Democrat Bill Richardson will be drumming up support in New Hampshire.

James Pindell is covering the primary race, as a politics blogger and as a correspondent for The Boston Globe. He joins WBUR's Bob Oakes to talk about the early rush in New Hampshire.

This program aired on July 16, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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