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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

New Hampshire Primary 2012: Wrap-up





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Updates from the field :

"If we don't get our act together at home, we will see the end of the American Century by 2050" - Jon Huntsman 9:34 p.m. Huntsman takes the podium. "I say third place is a ticket to ride, ladies and gentleman!" -Jon Huntsman 9:29 p.m.Enthusiasm from Gingrich camp, but room is yet to become crowded. 9:26 p.m. Michael O'Dwyer hitchhiked from PA to follow Santorum. (photo right: Kevin Flynn for NHPR) 9:19 p.m. "No way they are going to stop the momentum" Paul speaks to crowded room. 9:10 p.m. RT @TheFix: Ron Paul thanks the Union Leader for "not endorsing me" OH SNAP #fitn 9:07 p.m. Rick Perry statement: “Tonight's results in New Hampshire show the race for 'conservative alternative' to Mitt Romney remains wide open." 8:49 p.m. From Santorum camp: "Rescue Me" plays in background. 8:46 p.m. Highlights from Romney's speech 8:45 p.m. CNN projects Paul, second and Huntsman, third. 8:42 p.m. "I will never apologize for the greatest nation in the history of the earth" -Mitt Romney 8:35 p.m. (photo right: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) "It must be better, and it WILL be better" -Mitt Romney 8:28 p.m.