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Bill Gardner a New Hampshire institution
Bill Gardner a New Hampshire institution

On Bill Gardner's desk one day last week rested a column from a Las Vegas newspaper lamenting the imminent "surrender" of Nevada Republicans in their effort to move the state closer to the front of the presidential nominating calendar. They had surrendered to the man behind the desk, the 63-year-old New Hampshire secretary of state, who had stared down Nevada to the surprise of no one who has watched him wield tremendous clout in the process of choosing a president. Written on top of the page, and circled for emphasis, was another term in the column: "King Bill." Next week, Gardner is expected to announce that New Hampshire, having brushed back Nevada's...

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