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How to win New Hampshire from South Vietnam

Lars Gesing, CU News Corps Assistant Director

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Logo final_highIn our Anecdotal Evidence column, movers and shakers share personal stories of how intriguing (and often odd) presidential campaigning in their respective swing state can be.

Tom Rath – Kasich Adviser, Former NH Attorney General

Tom Rath. Photo: Rath Law

Tom Rath. Photo: Rath Law

“At the end of the day, neither Barry Goldwater nor Nelson Rockefeller won New Hampshire in 1964 – which was really interesting.

“Eight or nine days ahead of the primary in this very contested race, a group of people in Congress said, ‘You know what? We don’t like either one of them.’ They thought the best candidate was former Massachusetts Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., who had run for vice president with Nixon in 1960 and was then the ambassador to South Vietnam.

“He never got within 10,000 miles of the state. They started a write-in campaign. On primary night in 1964, Sen. Cabot Lodge beat both of the other candidates.”

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