Myth-Busting The New Hampshire Primary07:31
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Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has held about 40 town hall meetings in New Hampshire — more than any other candidate. Here he speaks in Manchester, N.H. in October. (Jim Cole/AP)
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has held about 40 town hall meetings in New Hampshire — more than any other candidate. Here he speaks in Manchester, N.H. in October. (Jim Cole/AP)
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Voters in New Hampshire have a unique opportunity compared to the rest of the country. They can easily get up close looks at all the candidates who visit the first-in-the-nation primary state routinely.

Long-shot candidates, from Jimmy Carter to Gary Hart to John McCain, have used the chance to meet and greet voters across New Hampshire to launch successful national campaigns, and in some cases, go on to win their party’s nominations - even the presidency.

But the importance of the face-to-face campaigning for which New Hampshire is so famous is sometimes exaggerated. Here & Now contributor WBUR's senior political reporter Anthony Brooks has this look at some New Hampshire primary myths.

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This segment aired on December 22, 2015.

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