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Could A Trump Win In N.H. Spell The End Of That Primary's Importance?07:59
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with members of the media during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Milford, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with members of the media during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Milford, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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On Tuesday in Milford, New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held his first event in the Granite State since his second place finish in Iowa.

"You know one of the reporters just asked me, why don't you do town hall meetings? I said, because there's another room this size where it's packed, also," Trump said in Milford. "So, we have 5,000 people. And, if we do town halls, we'll be doing about 200 a day and we still won't be able to catch up."

Trump isn't in New Hampshire at all Wednesday. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz, who came in first in Iowa, has five meet-and-greet events in New Hampshire. Marco Rubio has four and the rest of the candidates will be crisscrossing the state as well. Yet, in the latest poll from UMass/7-News, Trump has a 24-point lead in the New Hampshire GOP race.

That's why Andrew Cline says that, if Donald Trump wins the Republican primary there, it could spell the end of the importance of the Granite State's first-in-the nation primary.

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Andrew Cline, a former editorial page editor at the New Hampshire Union Leader and communications consultant. He tweets @DrewHampshire.

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The Boston Globe: A Trump Win In NH Could Ruin The Primary Forever

  • "If New Hampshire voters fall for his seduction on Feb. 9, they risk destroying their credibility as America’s presidential gatekeepers. State law notwithstanding, in 2020 the political parties and candidates would have a stronger case than ever before for telling New Hampshire primary voters, 'You're fired!'"

This segment aired on February 3, 2016.

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