CONCORD, N.H. — Presidential candidates who need to be on New Hampshire’s main poll are heading to the state Capitol over the subsequent two weeks for a standard ceremony of passage that’s seeing little-known lengthy photographs and nationally distinguished politicians cross paths.
Submitting for president is straightforward in New Hampshire: A candidate indicators a declaration of candidacy and pays a $1,000 price. However the state’s pleasure in its first-in-the-nation main makes it a spectacle belying the straightforward necessities.
The desk the place candidates signal their declarations is an authentic piece of furnishings that was within the Capitol when it first opened its doorways in 1819. Reporters collect to pepper candidates with questions after they flip of their paperwork.
“New Hampshire is the one place the place any United States citizen that has the will or the dream to change into president of the US can really attempt to make it occur,” New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan advised NBC Information.
The primary particular person to file to be on the poll this yr was Mark Stewart Greenstein, a Democrat submitting for the fourth time in New Hampshire.
Greenstein paid his submitting price in money — or as he described, “an assortment of fine presidents and nonpresidential leaders.”
He paid $400 of his price with $2 payments, asking reporters, “Who do you assume is on my favourite invoice, figuring out I like liberty?” The reply: Thomas Jefferson.
After signing their candidacy declarations and paying the submitting charges, Scanlan asks candidates to signal the “discover to voter” type that will get posted at polling locations. Greenstein wrote, “Could NH all the time keep as FITN.”
Greenstein stated his No. 1 cause for operating “is to be a candidate who is just not Joe Biden.”
Mando Perez-Serrato, who additionally filed as a Democrat on Wednesday, provided an identical sentiment in regards to the president. He stated, “I imagine Joe Biden deserted New Hampshire, so I’m right here to characterize the Democratic Social gathering.”
All indicators level to Biden not being on the poll in New Hampshire, and his marketing campaign has not indicated what his plans are. It’s all tied to the Democratic Nationwide Committee’s choice, with Biden’s blessing, to make South Carolina the Democrats’ first party-sanctioned nominating contest this yr. In line with New Hampshire state legislation, the Granite State must be the “first within the nation” main.
John Anthony Castro, who filed as a Republican, has additionally filed lawsuits in New Hampshire and different states arguing that former President Donald Trump is disqualified from the poll by the 14th Modification. Part 3 of the 14th Modification prohibits individuals who have beforehand taken an oath from holding public workplace in the event that they “engaged in rebellion or rebel.”
Castro signed the “discover to voter” type writing, “Freedom comes from our structure, with out that, we fold.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was the primary main GOP candidate to file for president on Wednesday. Whereas strolling down the hallway into the secretary of state’s workplace, he stated, “It’s nice to be right here in New Hampshire. Such historical past alongside the partitions. That is unbelievable.”
On the discover to voters, he wrote, “America relies upon upon New Hampshire knowledge.”
He then went to a second room to make a press release and answered questions from reporters, a lot of them in regards to the Hamas terrorist assaults and warfare in Israel.
As per custom, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the discover to voters after submitting on Thursday. He wrote New Hampshire’s slogan “Dwell Free or Die” after which signed his title. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum wrote “New Hampshire picks presidents.”
The submitting interval will proceed by way of Oct. 27. The secretary of state has but to set the first date.