"New Hampshire": The Making Of A President In The Granite State

In a new documentary series, HuffPost goes deep inside the nation's first presidential primary contest.

Ever wonder what it's like to actually live on the presidential campaign trail -- not just watch it from afar?

Starting this Monday, Jan. 11, we'll show you. 

As the most compelling race for the White House in memory shifts into high gear, “New Hampshire” -- a HuffPost Originals limited series -- will provide a firsthand perspective on what's happening on the ground in the nation’s first and most important primary state. 

In New Hampshire, the stakes are high, the pressure is intense and anything can happen from one day to the next.

By turning the cameras around on some of the young people who are living and breathing the primary as reporters, campaign staffers and other key players, “New Hampshire” will reveal each week a side of the presidential campaign that few have seen before. 

And with special access to the candidates themselves, our cameras will provide a rare glimpse at the men and women who first have to woo some of the hardest to impress voters in the country if they want to become the most powerful person in the world.

And we’ll do it all in close to real time, not months or years after the fact.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) takes a break from the rigors of the campaign trail at a bowling alley in Manchester, New H
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) takes a break from the rigors of the campaign trail at a bowling alley in Manchester, New Hampshire.

You don’t have to have the most money or fame to win in New Hampshire, the conventional wisdom goes. It’s where the underdog has a chance to look voters in the eye and make his or her case. 

For decades, this mantra has been the chief justification for New Hampshire’s special status on the electoral calendar. 

But amid a 2016 race that has thus far rewarded the flashiest candidates and best debaters over the ones who’ve done it the traditional way, one handshake at a time, the New Hampshire primary faces an existential crisis.

Will New Hampshire as we know it survive the 2016 campaign? We are about to find out.

Watch the trailer above for a preview of the series. 

And stay tuned for the first episode, which launches Monday.

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