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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

N.H. Politicians and Business Owner Scheduled To Speak At GOP Convention

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention, joined by a Hudson businessman.

Ayotte will be accompanied Tuesday night by Jack Gilchrist, who owns Gilchrist Fabricating in Hudson. Gilchrist was featured in a Mitt Romney campaign ad.

They are on the schedule for 8 p.m. Before their appearance, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu is scheduled to speak. He is head of the Rules Committee.

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