With the race heating up in the Granite State (N.H.) here are a few fun facts to keep in mind when trying to sort it all out.

10. This is the 6th time a "Bush" has appeared on a N.H. primary ballot. Also, New Hampshire was the only state in the Northeast to vote for George W. Bush in 2000.
 
9. Clinton first visited the campaign trail in New Hampshire in 1991 on behalf of her husband Bill Clinton, where Bill Clinton finished in 2nd place.
 
8. Trump's national campaign manager lives in Windham, New Hampshire.
 
7. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has won a New Hampshire primary out of all the candidates running in the 2016 primary election.
 
6. It has been said that "The people of Iowa pick corn, the people of New Hampshire pick presidents," said by then-Governor John H. Sununu in 1988.
 
5. New Hampshire state law stipulates (in section RSA 653:9 of the statute book) that the Secretary of State can change the date to ensure that the New Hampshire primary will take place at least seven days before any "similar election" in any other state, Iowa being a "caucus" is not considered to be an election under New Hampshire state law, so in this regard N.H. is still the first primary election in the United States. (A state tradition since 1920).
 
4. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of a N.H. primary election. New Hampshire has held a presidential primary since 1916, but it did not begin to assume its current importance until 1952 after the state simplified its ballot access laws in 1949 seeking to boost voter turnout.
 
3. New Hampshire permits voters who have not declared their party affiliation to vote in a party's primary. A voter does have to officially join a specific political party before voting; however, the voter can change his or her affiliation back to "Undeclared" immediately after voting, and hence he or she only has to belong to a party for the few minutes it takes to fill out and cast a ballot. Voters who are already registered members of a political party cannot change their affiliation at the polling place; that can only be done before the checklist is closed several weeks prior to the election.
 
2. New Hampshire's status as the first in the nation is somewhat controversial among Democrats because the ethnic makeup of the state is not diverse and not representative of the country's voters. This is shown in the 2010 Census data, with the percentage of minority residents being nearly five times smaller than the national average (New Hampshire is 92% non-Hispanic white, versus 64% nationally).
 
1. The three most recent presidential election winners (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama) finished 2nd in the New Hampshire primary before later being elected to the presidency, while the previous four prsidents before that came in 1st place in the New Hampshire primary.

Published by Allen Colombo Jr.