Tom Tancredo became the first GOP candidate to register for the New Hampshire Primary ballot Tuesday.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Tom Tancredo Tuesday became the first major presidential candidate to get his name on the primary ballot in New Hampshire. The Republican congressman from Colorado visited the capitol of the Granite State, signed forms, and handed over a check for $1000 to secure a spot on the primary ballot.
Tancredo is low in all the national and state polls. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans puts him at one percent. The long shot candidate acknowledged his chances earlier today, saying, “I know the odds are long.” But Tancredo also said that “anything can happen in sports and in politics, and it takes a lot of heart, guts, and commitment.” He says his campaign has plenty of all of those attributes.
The candidate, who spoke in front of about two dozen supporters and journalists, discussed his signature issue, illegal immigration.
Tancredo said the fate of the country is at stake because of what he calls “the battle we are in against radical Islam,” as well as “the attack on our culture because of massive illegal immigration.”
Tancredo hopes his stance against giving illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship — what he and many others call amnesty — will help him build support among Republican voters.
Tancredo said that “prior administrations have been AWOL on this issue,” and that he’s going to keep “the other candidates honest on the issues.”
New Hampshire traditionally has held the nation’s first primary, and is the second state to hold an official delegate-selection contest, following the Iowa caucuses.
As a result of the move by states such as Michigan and Florida to push their contests into January, New Hampshire is expected to move up its date from January 22.
CNN spoke with the man who will make the decision on when New Hampshire holds its primary, Secretary of State Bill Gardner. But Gardner told CNN that no decision has been made at this time.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser