- The New Hampshire primary takes place Tuesday
- Dean Spiliotes: Retail politics tradition in New Hampshire is still vital
Dean Spiliotes is a Southern New Hampshire University civic scholar and founder of NHPoliticalCapital.com. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)There has been much hand-wringing in New Hampshire this presidential primary season over the fate of retail politics -- the face-to-face interaction between candidates and voters long cherished here as the embodiment of American participatory democracy. Indeed, political observers are increasingly worried the traditional link between electoral success and time spent on the ground here campaigning appears to be breaking down.