Christie, others turn to McCain’s town hall playbook in 2016

Driven to “desperation” in 1999, Republican presidential candidate John McCain decided to meet as many people as possible in New Hampshire at town hall meetings.

It took months for the strategy to pay dividends, but when it did, McCain was packing ’em in. He went on to win the state’s presidential primary by 19 percentage points.

McCain will be back in New Hampshire on Saturday, campaigning for a friend and fellow U.S. senator, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham.

Graham is one of the many candidates in the crowded GOP field who are hoping to ride a town hall strategy to the same kind of breakout success McCain enjoyed in 1999, and hoping for the result he eventually achieved in 2008 — the year McCain won the GOP nomination.

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