Anyone can run for president in New Hampshire, even if they are not a serious candidate
. A person can be in the New Hampshire primary if they pay $1,000 and submit the paperwork to the secretary of state’s office at the New Hampshire State House. With such an open primary, anyone could become president!
Lots of candidates run for president in the Granite State, and some of them have been unique characters. Sometimes people dress up in costumes, pretending to be either famous people, like Abraham Lincoln, or animals, like the Lobsterman. Many comedians have run for the presidency as well, such as Pat Paulson, who ran for president in the NH primary from 1968 to 1996. He had become famous in America for his appearances on a tv show called "The Smothers Brothers," and his presidential campaign used funny slogans like, "We can't stand Pat!"
Some of these colorful characters didn't formally file for the New Hampshire primary but just announced to the media that they were running. If people wanted to vote for them, then they needed to write in their names on the ballot
. Others were official candidates.
They all provided some light-hearted fun during primary season and show how open to the New Hampshire primary is to anyone who wants to run for the presidency. Voters feel that if unique characters can run for president, so can they.