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Bill Clinton

New Hampshire's nay-sayers

New Hampshire's nay-sayers

The New Hampshire primary can be cruel — just ask supporters of the late Sen. Edmund Muskie whose 1972 campaign for president was undone by a speech he made outside the offices of the Manchester Union-Leader. On Tuesday, Granite State voters get a chance to punch above their Lilliputian weight class again — with at least two big-time Gullivers seemingly teed up for action.

The most obvious candidate is Hillary Clinton who was never expected to win New Hampshire (although she did so eight years ago) but would clearly like to avoid a rout. Most recent polls suggest Sen. Bernie Sanders from neighboring Vermont leads Ms. Clinton by 15 percentage points or so. If that...