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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

President Visits N.H. Saturday; Romney and Ryan Campaign Monday

President Barack Obama will stop in Windham and Rochester when he visits New Hampshire this weekend.

Obama is scheduled to speak at Windham High School on Saturday morning, then at the Rochester Commons in the afternoon.

It will be his third trip to the state this year.

Two days after  Obama visits New Hampshire, likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan are campaigning in the state. Romney and Ryan are expected to appear Monday in the Manchester area.

Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama have also been frequent visitors, underscoring the state's status as a battleground in the upcoming election.

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