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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

Romney Launches Tour Across Battleground States

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Republican Mitt Romney began a bus tour of six battleground states today in New Hampshire. The tour marks a new phase for Romney’s campaign.

Mitt Romney launched what his campaign is calling the "Every Town Counts" tour at the same New Hampshire farm where he kicked off his bid for the white house. Romney told crowd of about 500 invited guests that optimism has always driven America and it will drive his campaign.

"From Now until November our campaign will carry a simple message: America’s greatest days are yet ahead."

From New Hampshire, Romney travels to Pennsylvania. He’ll also visit Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. Every state on Romney’s 5 day tour was carried by President Obama four years ago.