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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

Latest Granite State Poll Predicts Democrats Taking State House And Senate

The latest WMUR Granite State Poll predicts that if the election were held tomorrow, New Hampshire Democrats would win a majority in the State House and the Senate.

UNH survey center pollster Andy Smith says his model predicts 14 Democrats and 10 Republicans in the Senate, and 204 Democrats to 196 Republicans in the House.

Smith: We found that over the years this estimate has been within 5 to 10 seats on the house side and on the senate side our similar estimate has been within one senate seat, so it’s pretty good.

Smith cautions that the election is still a month away, and UNH will be doing this poll two more times before the vote.

Recent UNH polls have shown big leads for President Obama over Mitt Romney and Carol Shea-Porter over Frank Guinta.

Former Governor John Sununu recently panned UNH’s polling, saying they oversampled Democrats. Andy Smith responded that the university’s polls have been found to have little partisan bias and those who criticize them generally do so because they don’t like the results.