For those of you unfamiliar with the title of this website, 603 is the area code for the entire state of New Hampshire, which is one of a dozen remaining states across the country that are serviced by just one area code. Although we may be small in size and population, we play a large role in choosing the president, thanks to our century old tradition of hosting the first primary in the race for the White House.
The Granite State’s role doesn’t end with the primary. New Hampshire’s also one of around a dozen battleground, or swing, or purple states, in the general election. Most recently, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton edged GOP nominee Donald Trump just over 2,700 votes to capture the state’s crucial four electoral votes in the last presidential election. It was the smallest margin by vote and the second narrowest by percentage in the entire nation.
While the next race for the White House didn’t officially kick off until after the 2018 midterm elections, the early pre-season moves got underway in New Hampshire in the spring and summer of 2017. But with the midterms in the rear view mirror, and the calendar turning the page from 2018 to 2019, the presidential contest has transitioned from pre-season to prime-time.
THE 603 hopes to give you a front row seat to all the action in arguably the most important campaign state (we're a little biased) in the 2020 cycle.
We've also partnered with the new blockchain platform for journalism civil.co that has been set up to help rebuild trust in journalism; it aims to do this by providing an alternative funding mechanism using crypto currency. An initial sale of CVL tokens was launched in October and while it did reach the required threshold of $8 million, a community of almost 3000 people has emerged, within Civil, determined to make this work.
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