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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

Big Name Republicans Work G.O.P. Voters In N.H.

Brian Wallstin

While President Obama stumped in Concord, a band of prominent Republicans traveled the state on behalf of Mitt Romney and gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte worked GOP voters, as did former Governor John Sununu, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and Cindy McCain.

When they arrived at MacKenna’s restaurant in New London, supporters met them with cheers. It was then on to a group sing-a-long of America the Beautiful.

The singing soon gave way to a sustained indictment of President Obama’s record. John Sununu led the charge.

"I have never seen anybody so inexperienced, so clumsy, so inept, so incompetent and so mis-serving of this country as the president we have there now. He has to go, we need Mitt Romney.”

Kelly Ayotte told the crowd that every vote will count Tuesday, and urged supporters to give it their all.

“So let’s not leave anything behind between now and Tuesday. You are the ones who are going to make a difference."

It’s a crucial time for both campaigns in battleground states around the country.  And  Senator McCain – who twice won the Presidential primary here – hoped New Hampshire might be good to him one more time.

“Well, it’s one of the most important states, obviously. We think it’s very close. I am somewhat known here in the state, so we know it all comes down to turnout. So hopefully we’ll motivate some of our old supporters.”

Credit Brian Wallstin
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.

One reason why McCain did well here is that he appealed to independent voters as well as core Republicans. Ovide Lamontagne will need such voters to pull out a win, Tuesday. He worked the room doggedly, before and after the others arrived. And he stressed the cause was bigger than any single race.

"Well, I’m here today to connect with the people of New London area and to remind them of the importance of the election all the way up and down the ballot, and that’s not just about the president."

Lamontagne said he plans to spend the waning hours of this election campaigning at small restaurants and corner stores, looking for what he called spontaneous interactions…….and votes.

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