Acting Ornery in New Hampshire

How Hart soared, Mondale sank and everyone was stunned

In perfect hindsight, perhaps it should not have come as such a shock. New Hampshire is so small (pop. 920,610) that an underfinanced but energetic candidate can still reach most voters. Only 15% of the state's work force belong to unions; fewer than 1% of the residents are black. Independents can vote in the primary. Voters almost pride themselves on knocking off front runners. In short, New Hampshire could hardly be better suited for an anti-Establishment underdog, or worse for an overwhelming favorite with the...

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