You probably know that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are likely to win their respective party primaries in New Hampshire tonight. But how's your handicapping when it comes to the chances for Peter Messina or David John Thistle?
Messina, a Republican from Florida, and Thistle, a Democrat from Manchester, N.H., are just two of the dozens of people -- Democrats and Republicans -- who share the primary ballot with the dozen or so better-known candidates. Neither Messina nor Thistle has any chance, of course.
All told, there are 58 people on the two ballots combined; 30 Republicans and 28 Democrats. The reason for such a crowded ballot? New Hampshire has a low bar when it comes to qualifying for the ballot. You need to sign some paperwork and pay $1,000. That's it.
Stunningly, this isn't the most candidates to appear on a New Hampshire presidential ballot. In 1992, there were a total of 61 candidates.
Check out the Republican ballot voters will be using in just 1 1/2 hrs in 3 small New Hampshire towns at midnite. pic.twitter.com/4nNyXEaIzH
— monica malpass (@monicamalpass) February 9, 2016