What is your response to this article about Mitt Romney's campaign in New...

What is your response to this article about Mitt Romney's campaign in New Hampshire?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-new-hampshire-romney-taking-nothing-for-granted/2011/11/19/gIQASp5fcN_story.html

 

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To me, this says two things.

First, it tells us how important New Hampshire's primary is even though New Hampshire is such a small state.  The fact that it is the first primary gives it a huge weight in the process of selecting nominees.  This is why Romney is so set on doing well there.

Second, it shows us how important expectations are in primaries.  Romney has to do well in New Hampshire because he is the favorite there.  If he loses, it will be seen as a huge blow because he did not do as well as expected.  Therefore, he really has to make a big effort to win there, much more so than in Iowa where he is not seen as the favorite.  In primaries, especially early on, it's not so much how you do as it is how you do relative to the expectations people had for you.