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Final results: Summary results | Town resultsThe BasicsThe New Hampshire primary is a mainstay in American electoral politics. Every four years, voters gather to help determine the Republican and/or Democratic nominee for President. While the state only has 12 electoral votes in 2012 (normally it’s 24, but the Republican National Committee penalized the state party for moving up the event date), the primary’s position as one of the earliest contests gives the state out-sized influence over the nomination process.Only the Iowa caucuses come before New Hampshire’s primary. Traditionally, New Hampshire’s broad-based primary contest has been seen as a counter-weight to Iowa’s more drawn-out caucus process, which tends to draw a smaller core of party faithful. In the case of the 2012 Republican race, New Hampshire’s electorate is seen to represent the more libertarian-leaning, fiscally conservative wing of the party, while Iowa voters are seen as representing the socially conservative wing of the GOP base.N.H. Primary summary provided by StateImpact - NH reporter, Amanda Loder

He's the father of the bride

Kevin Flynn for NHPR.
Santorum volunteer Bill Boyd of Merrimack pins a campaign button on the shirt of young Will Jenkins of Bedford, as supporters await their candidate on Primary Night in Manchester, NH.

Bill Boyd is like the father of the bride tonight.  This Merrimack volunteer for the Santorum campaign has spent the whole day preparing the room for the candidate's primary night celebration.  It's a stressful job, but one Boyd says is satisfying.

Boyd says he's been with Santorum since they met in November 2010.  

"It's like night and day," he says about how interest in the soiree has changed since Santorum's surprise showing in Iowa. The room here at the Derryfield Country Club is dominated by press with not much room for supporters.  Boyd admits it's an old Kennedy trick: small room means bigger crowd.  And they're looking for an intimate night. 

Boyd was last seen looking for a facilities manager.  The air conditioning needs to be turned on.  They're expecting it to get pretty hot when Santorum hits the stage.