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The Fringes 2012

New Hampshire is traditionally the first state in the nation to hold the presidential primary every four years. Months before major news outlets swarm to quaint New England towns for the state’s busiest week in politics, a large field of candidates begin testing their campaign tactics on everyday New Hampshire residents. Residents who are the jurors in the trial of grassroots, boots-on-the- ground politicking. 

The Fringes 2012

Politicians take to New Hampshire every four years to start their nation-wide bid to lead their party to the White House. For campaign staff and candidates, the New Hampshire presidential primaries start off as a dress rehearsal complete with scripts, props and an audience. As campaigns drop from the race to the White House, security begins to fill the leftover void, causing a buffering of the inflated candidates from the everyday voters. This photographic essay of the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary is a look at the year leading up to the vote. The work is an observation of democracy in action, sometimes with a critical eye, looking back at the political process just outside the mainstream spotlight.