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NHIOP Director Neil Levesque Talks NH Primary

February 18, 2015

Katelyn Ellison
Communications Specialist
New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library
(603) 222-4115

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Neil Levesque NHIOP DirectorThe 2016 presidential election is approaching, and New Hampshire is front and center as the home of the first-in-the-nation primary. As things begin to heat up on the national political front, Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics has been prominently featured in television specials and quoted in articles as an expert on the New Hampshire presidential primary. Levesque is Chairman of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Centennial Anniversary Commission, which is tasked with encouraging, planning and coordinating appropriate events and activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire presidential primary (first held on March 14, 1916).

"Hillary Clinton revisits New Hampshire success"
Published Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
CBS News spoke with Levesque about Hillary Clinton's first trip to New Hampshire after announcing her candidacy for president.

New Hampshire Business Review
"Q&A with N.H. Institute of Politics Executive Director Neil Levesque"
Published Friday, Apr. 3, 2015
Levesque spoke with the New Hampshire Business Review about goals for 2015, Institute events, and his role as chairman of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Centennial Anniversary Commission.

"Liberals work to lure Elizabeth Warren into White House race"
Published Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Levesque spoke to Reuters about the importance of primaries and how they benefit a candidate in the general election.

Levesque was mentioned in Politico Playbook on February 12th. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics co-sponsored "A Celebration of The New Hampshire Primary Centennial: The Power of the Granite State," an event celebrating the New Hampshire primary, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

WMUR-TV featured "New Hampshire Primary 2016: The Ones to Watch," an hour-long New Hampshire primary special that aired on February 9th, one year from the scheduled primary. Levesque spoke with WMUR about the origins of the first-in-the-nation primary. "It wasn't a Democrat or Republican thing. It was really a progressive thing. What people wanted was more power to the people, and the direct election and the direct picking of candidates, essentially, would enable that."

Levesque appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on February 3rd to discuss memorable moments from past New Hampshire primaries and what may happen in 2016. While discussing debates, Levesque answered, "I will say that those moments really do define candidates and they really show their personalities and that's the great thing about New Hampshire."

New Hampshire Union Leader
"MSNBC's Matthews dives head first into NH primary"
Published Sunday, Jan. 24, 2015
Prior to his appearance on "Hardball," Levesque was featured in a New Hampshire Union Leader article highlighting the episode's focus on the New Hampshire primary.

History of Politics at Saint Anselm
As the college celebrates 125 years, it is important to recognize the rich history of politics at Saint Anselm. From a long tradition of presidential primary debates (this year marks the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primary) to well-known speakers and student interactions with Washington power brokers, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Saint Anselm have been significant in the political arena in local, state, and national politics.

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