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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

U.S. House Speaker Boehner Rallies Support; Ignores Big Bird

Speaker of the House John Boehner is the latest high profile Republican to stump in New Hampshire.

At a GOP campaign office in Derry, Speaker Boehner thanked volunteers for their work. He applauded Mitt Romney’s recent debate performance, saying the former Massachusetts Governor "made the sale" to the American people.

And Boehner said the stakes couldn’t be any higher this election Day.

"The most important election of our lifetime is going to happen this November, because the American people can’t handle four more years of Barack Obama’s economic policies. His policies have failed. They’ve actually made things worse."

Boehner told supporters that Romney knows how to create jobs.

Big Bird staged a small protest outside of the event. The Sesame Street character held a sign saying ‘This middle class tax hike brought to you by the letters R-O-M-N-E-Y.'

During the debate, Romney said he would cut funding to PBS.