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Group Kicks off New Hampshire Primary Anniversary Events

NHPR Staff

A group planning activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire presidential primary is officially kicking off the celebration.

The Presidential Primary Centennial Anniversary Commission was created by the Legislature last year to plan and coordinate events commemorating the first primary, which was held on March 14, 1916. In the early days, it was held on the same day as the traditional town meeting day, but more recently has been moved into February and even January to stay ahead of other states.

The commission is led by Neil Levesque, director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Several of the group's 16 members will speak Tuesday at a kick-off event at the New Hampshire State Library in Concord.

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