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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

New Poll Shows N.H. Governor's Race Remains Tight

The WMUR Granite State poll shows Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan about even, with neither candidate well known to voters. A quarter of the voters polled said they were still undecided.

Lamontagne, a business lawyer who has run unsuccessfully for Congress, Senate and governor before, and Hassan, a former state senator, are competing to replace Gov. John Lynch. Lynch, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election after four terms.

The telephone poll of 600 likely voters was conducted Sept. 27-30 by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.