Concord, New Hampshire (AP) – The near-record field for the upcoming New Hampshire primary includes favored front-runners and a dark horse touting a pony-heavy platform. The filing period for the 2016 primary has ended with 30 Republicans and 28 Democrats signing paperwork and paying the $1,000 filing fee to get on the ballot. This year’s crop includes familiar faces like Edward O’Donnell. The Pennsylvania Democrat is making his seventh run. Perennial candidate and performance artist Vermin Supreme also signed up at the secretary of state’s office, wearing his signature rubber boot on his head. He’s touting a plan to provide every American with a pony. The 2016 field is up from 2012, when 44 White House hopefuls signed up. The all-time high is 61 in 1992. New Hampshire traditionally is the first state to hold a presidential primary every four years.
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