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NH marks presidential primary's 100th anniversary

Tuesday - 5/21/2013, 1:52pm  ET

Sybil Dupuis, left, the great granddaughter of Stephen Bullock, the father of the New Hampshire primary, gets ready to cut the 100th anniversary cake with, from left, Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Speaker of the House Terie Norelli, Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and David Berry Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Defenders of New Hampshire's enviable role in presidential politics are paying tribute to the past while keeping an eye on the future.

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the state law that led to the creation of the modern presidential primary. At a birthday celebration, Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey says that other states have come to realize that the New Hampshire primary works because it lets the people decide.

Though the RNC has adopted penalties to protect early voting states, New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation status is not guaranteed -- there's talk of Nevada and Arizona trying to move ahead in 2016.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner says he's "keeping an eye out" and plans to meet with other secretaries of state in July.

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