Politics: Long Hot Winter

New Hampshire ranks 43rd in state population, commands four electoral votes out of 538, will have only eight 1,333 delegates to the Republican National Convention, and is too insulated and ingrown to offer any faithful reflection of an urban nation's moods and problems. Each leap year, however, the Granite State's psephological irrelevance is submerged by the flood of publicity and punditry over its first-in-the-U.S. presidential primary.

In absolute terms, the March 12th balloting will mean little. Even Senator Norris Cotton concedes that his constituents' verdict is unreliable. "The average voter in New...

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