Elections 2004: New Hampshire Primary

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John Kerry celebrates during a rally after his victory in the New Hampshire primary Jan. 27, 2004.

Sen. John Kerry wins the New Hampshire Primary to claim his second straight victory in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Reuters Limited hide caption

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Sen. John Kerry won the New Hampshire primary in convincing fashion, making him the winner of the nation's first two Democratic presidential contests. Kerry leapt out to a lead in early returns, and the final results of the nation's first primary only solidified his place as the frontrunner.

In second place was former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. Dean had tried to mount a comeback in the Granite State after his disappointing third-place finish in Iowa, but fell short of gaining a stronghold. The day after the New Hampshire returns, he shook up his campaign team by replacing campaign manager Joe Trippi with Roy Neel, a former aid to Al Gore.

The Results:

Delegate Count
(22 Total)
Kerry: 13 Delegates
(38.4 percent)
Dean: 9 Delegates
(26.4 percent)

Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the runner-up in Iowa's caucuses, placed fourth, behind retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

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