Get ready New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11, which is only about seven months from now.
We would suggest these seven months are going to be like nothing before seen in the Granite State’s long and illustrious history of presidential primaries.
In case anyone has lost count, there are now 25 official candidates for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Without using names, this race features all of the following:
• A candidate who would be the youngest president ever (now 37) and a candidate who would be the oldest president ever (now 89);
• A candidate who would be the first Asian-American president;
• A candidate who would be the first Hindu president;
• A candidate who would be the first vegan president;
• A candidate who would be the first Latino American president;
• Six candidates, each of whom would be the first female president;
• A candidate who would be the first openly gay president;
• A candidate who is on record as having said he or she wants to remove the existing barriers at the U.S. border with Mexico;
• A candidate who compared U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to members of the Ku Klux Klan;
• A candidate who advocates canceling $1.6 trillion worth of federal student debt; and
• Multiple candidates who promote single-payer health care plans.
For the next seven months, New Hampshire residents should expect presidential campaign staffers, or even candidates themselves, to show up almost anywhere at anytime. It might be at a coffee shop; it could be at a backyard barbecue or picnic; it might be at Canobie Lake Park; it could be at a barber shop; it could be at a church, synagogue or mosque; it might be at Hampton Beach (one of the candidates is reportedly quite proficient at surfing, after all); or it could be at any fair or festival slated to take place between now and Election Day.
It’s going to be quite the ride from now to Feb. 11, New Hampshire!