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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (C) waves to his supporters during his caucus night rally following republican caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. The first vote of the 2012 battle for the White House headed late Tuesday for a nail-biter finish as Iowans picked a Republican standard-bearer to take on President Barack Obama in November. With nearly nine in 10 of Iowa caucus ballots tallied, just a handful of votes separated frontrunner Mitt Romney and surging social conservative Rick Santorum, with veteran Representative Ron Paul hot on their heels. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (C) waves to his supporters during his caucus night rally following republican caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. The first vote of the 2012 battle for the White House headed late Tuesday for a nail-biter finish as Iowans picked a Republican standard-bearer to take on President Barack Obama in November. With nearly nine in 10 of Iowa caucus ballots tallied, just a handful of votes separated frontrunner Mitt Romney and surging social conservative Rick Santorum, with veteran Representative Ron Paul hot on their heels. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) – A Quinnipiac University professor and 28 of his political science students are in New Hampshire to learn about campaign work before and during that state’s presidential primary.

Scott McLean has been offering his advanced-level “Presidential Campaigns” seminar every four years since the 2000 election. This year’s students left recently for New Hampshire and will remain there through Tuesday’s presidential primary.

It’s one of a handful of college programs in which the students analyze the history and techniques of grass-roots politics in the presidential nomination system, then put that knowledge to use during a real campaign.

McLean requires the students to research the candidates, choose one to support and then take part in voter outreach as interns in the campaign of their choice until at least the primary.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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