Famous political moments in N.H., Iowa
By The Associated Press Sat Nov 25, 1:22 PM ET
Memorable moments over the years from presidential
campaigns in New Hampshire and Iowa:
_1992: Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton's relationship with
Gennifer Flowers threatens his candidacy. Clinton
rebounds with a strong second place finish in the
Democratic primary behind favorite son Paul E. Tsongas
from neighboring Massachusetts and declares himself
the "comeback kid."
_1988: Vice President George H.W. Bush prevails over
Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas in the Republican primary.
Bush refers to Dole as "Senator Straddle." Dole's
acerbic postelection response, "Stop lying about my
record," helps seal his defeat.
_1984: Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado shocks the political
establishment by defeating former Vice President
Walter Mondale in the Democratic primary by 10
percentage points. Mondale goes on to win the
nomination, but loses the election.
_1972: Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine stands in front of
the conservative Union Leader newspaper of
Manchester's building in a snowstorm to defend his
wife against an attack published by the paper. Muskie,
the Democratic front-runner, is reported to have cried
during the rallying, severely undermining his
candidacy. Muskie claims the reported tears were
_1968: President Lyndon Johnson receives 50 percent of
the Democratic votes cast. Anti-war candidate Eugene
McCarthy's strong showing 41 percent stuns
Johnson, who withdraws from the race.
_1968: GOP Gov. George Romney of Michigan launches his
presidential bid from his summer home on New
Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, but withdraws before
the primary after it is reported he said he had been
"brainwashed" into favoring the Vietnam War.
_1952: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was commanding
NATO in Europe, defeats longtime Republican leader
Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio without ever coming to the
state during the primary.
_1952: Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, snowmobiling
in his coonskin cap, upsets incumbent President Harry
Truman in the Democratic primary, discouraging Truman
from seeking re-election.
Did You Know:
_The only two presidents to win the White House after
losing the New Hampshire primary are Clinton (1992)
and George W. Bush (2000).
_Richard Nixon holds the record for having won the
most New Hampshire primaries, three: 1960, 1968, 1972.
_Former Minnesota Gov. Harold E. Stassen is the
honorary grandfather of the New Hampshire presidential
primary, having been on the ballot six times,
beginning in 1948.
_Two sitting New Hampshire governors were appointed
chiefs of staff at the White House after leading the
primary campaigns of successful candidates: Sherman
Adams, by Eisenhower, and John Sununu, by the first
_2004: The two perceived front-runners in the
Democratic contest Missouri's Dick Gephardt and
Vermont's Howard Dean shower each other with
negative ads. Taking the high road, Massachusetts'
John Kerry eschews negatives ads, puts his money into
Iowa and winds up in first place. He goes on to win
_1988: Gephardt and Dole are the two winners, but the
media attention goes to the surprisingly strong second
place finish by the Rev. Pat Robertson in the GOP
contest, evidence of the growing influence of
conservative religious voters in the Republican Party.
_1980: Republicans begin the tradition of holding a
straw poll at their caucuses, giving the appearance of
a primary election. Bush campaigns extensively in
Iowa, defeating Ronald Reagan and briefly stalling the
former California governor's march toward the
_1976: Jimmy Carter, an obscure Georgia governor who
began grass-roots campaigning in Iowa a year before
the caucuses, comes in a distant second in the
Democratic contest to undecided, but wins the most
votes for an actual candidate. Carter uses the
momentum of his Iowa "victory" to achieve victory in
the New Hampshire primary.
_1972: A left-wing dark horse candidate, South Dakota
Sen. George McGovern, makes a strong showing in the
Democratic caucuses, giving his campaign national
Did You Know:
_McGovern's 1972 campaign manager, Gary Hart, later
claimed that he "invented" the Iowa caucuses. He began
a media campaign heralding their importance in 1972
and served on the rules committee in 1968 that
increased the importance of primaries and caucuses at
the expense of party bosses.
_Alaska and Hawaii generally hold their caucuses
before Iowa despite the Hawkeye State's claim to come
first in the presidential election cycle.
_1992 was a low point in prestige for the caucuses.
The media and most Democratic candidates bypassed the
event, figuring both Sen. Tom Harkin (news, bio,
voting record), D-Iowa, and President Bush had the
contest already won which turned out to the case.