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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

Bass, Guinta Face Largely Unknown Challengers In Primaries

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If you haven’t heard that Republican congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta are facing primary challenges, you’re far from alone.  At least, that’s according to a recent Granite State Poll. 

Representative Frank Guinta faces one challenger, while fellow Republican Charlie Bass has four people vying for his slot on the November ballot.  But University of New Hampshire pollster Andy Smith says more than nine out of ten constituents have no idea who these would-be contenders are.

“And I think that’s a critical factor, because what primaries are all about is the party itself selecting somebody to be their standard-bearer," Smieth says.  "And that person has to be acceptable to broad ranges of people in the party.  It also means they have to be known by people in the party.”

Smith says as the state’s majority party, the GOP can more confidently field primary candidates, while Democrats like to rally around one candidate early on.  Bass and Guinta have a much more difficult task in November—close rematches against Democratic rivals Ann Mclean Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter.  And, to make things even more interesting, they’ll be campaigning in newly redrawn congressional districts. 

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