CAMPAIGN '96: INSIDE THE RACE: THE SECRET TEST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

EACH CANDIDATE MUST DECIDE QUICKLY WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO--AND WHAT HE'S WILLING TO DO--TO WIN IT ALL

ONE OF THE STRANGE, SCARRING THINGS about the New Hampshire primary is its curious way of looking less like the beginning of the presidential race than the end of it. The contest suddenly contracts into an eight-day challenge to the candidates' cleverness and conscience, a fight not only with one another but with themselves. They have to outflank the enemy; but they must also decide how far they are willing to go to win, and that is less an intellectual challenge than a moral one. If they gain the whole world at the cost of their own souls, the battle for...

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