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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061125/ap_on_el_pr/famous_political_moments Famous political moments in N.H., Iowa By The Associated Press Sat Nov 25, 1:22 PM ET
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      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:

      New Hampshire:

      Famous Moments:

      _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
      melting snowflakes.

      _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
      President Bush.

      ___

      Iowa:

      Famous Moments:

      _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
      the nomination.

      _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
      nomination.

      _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
      attention.

      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.
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