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New Hampshire Presidential Primary Candidate Cookie Contest

New Hampshire Presidential Primary Candidate Cookie Contest
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Yankee Magazine Hosts Inaugural New Hampshire Presidential Primary Candidate Cookie Contest.
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DUBLIN, New Hampshire (November 26, 2007)–Starting today through mid-December, New Englanders (and those who love New England) can vote in Yankee Magazine’s inaugural New Hampshire presidential primary candidate cookie contest at To date, 13 official presidential candidates have submitted recipe entries.The online poll will culminate on Friday, December 14, when a panel of food and political experts will convene at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester to cast their ballots for their favorite cookies. Culinary students at the university will bake the cookies for the judges’ tasting. The winner will be announced that day, a few weeks prior to New Hampshire’s actual primary date of January 8, 2008, based on the combined results of the online poll and the judges’ voting. Since New Hampshire holds the first national primary, many presidential candidates visit during the months prior to the election. Yankee Magazine, based in Dublin, New Hampshire, decided to invite the candidates to become part of a special holiday tradition—a cookie exchange.”We knew that given their hectic schedules, it would be impossible for the candidates to enjoy a true cookie exchange, where they’d all come together for an afternoon and swap their favorites,” said Yankee editor Mel Allen. “We decided to host a virtual cookie exchange instead.”Yankee is hosting the contest in conjunction with an article on Wellesley, Massachusetts’ annual cookie swap, which appears in Yankee’s November/December 2007 issue. “Sweet Exchange” revisits a story first published in 1982, exploring the phenomenon of friends and neighbors sharing their favorite holiday sweets. The 2007 version includes the members of a new generation, who are carrying on the tradition by hosting their own cookie exchanges.Yankee, “New England’s Magazine,” first published in 1935 and the only magazine devoted to New England, is running this inaugural contest to find out which presidential candidate is the top cookie—or rather, which one has the top holiday cookie recipe.As of Monday, November 26, 2007, the following candidates had submitted recipes to Yankee Magazine and are participating in the contest: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Hugh Cort, Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, and Fred Thompson.To cast a vote, go to: # #About Us:Yankee Magazine, “New England’s Magazine,” and The Old Farmer’s Almanac are the flagship products of Yankee Publishing, one of the nation’s most successful independent, family-owned publishing companies. Yankee is based in the small town of Dublin, New Hampshire.Yankee Magazine is published six times a year. Nearly 1.8 million readers rely on Yankee for insight into the New England way of life. Half of Yankee’s 1.8 million readers reside in the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The mid-Atlantic states account for 25 percent of readers. The remainder are scattered throughout the United States.Robb and Beatrix Sagendorph introduced the first issue of Yankee Magazine to readers in September 1935 as “the expression, and perhaps indirectly, the preservation of our great New England culture.” Now a third-generation family-owned and -operated business, Yankee remains true to the vision of its founders.About Southern New Hampshire University:The university has approximately 1,900 traditional, full-time undergraduate day students and a total enrollment in all divisions of about 9,425. Programs are offered on campus, online and on location at our centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university offers programs in business, community economic development, culinary arts, teacher education, hospitality management and liberal arts.

Note to media: Yankee welcomes the media to interview our writers and editors, who are experts on New England. For more information, contact Heather Atwell.

Heather Atwell
Communications Manager
Ph. 603-563-8111, ext. 180

Updated Friday, November 30th, 2007

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