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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. Delegates Say Ryan's Plan To Overhaul Medicare Is An Asset

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New Hampshire delegates at the Republican National Convention in Florida say Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare is an asset.

If there was ever any question whether Congressman Paul Ryan is beloved by the Republican base, doubts were put to rest last evening.

But Ryan brings some baggage to the ticket. He offered a controversial budget that would turn Medicare into a voucher program. The Romney Camp has already said that while the former governor supports Ryan's budget he would have offered a different one. But Jim Magerkin of Derry, New Hampshire says he supports Ryan's proposal because it’s honest about the state of entitlements.

“It’s time that people learned the truth, understood the truth and understood what’s coming. And it can’t be sugar coated anymore and I think Mr. Ryan’s going to be able to bring that forward and put together a good story as to the fact that his plan is a good plan, it’s a solid plan and it’s where you’re going to have to go in the future.”

The Obama Campaign is trying to use Ryan's budget to attract support from seniors - a group that could decide this year's contest.

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