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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

The Last of The Retail Politicians ?

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The non-profit organization Americans Elect is making waves by petitioning for a national, online nominating process that would offer an alternative to the state-by-state primary nominating process. This isn’t the first – nor the only conversation about the relevance of holding early contests in small states, but brings to light a conundrum for lesser known and lesser funded candidates. In past elections, small campaigns could gain traction in New Hampshire and Iowa by meeting and winning over a significant portion of the electorate. These days, it seems momentum is spurred by national events, like televised debates. NHPR political reporter Josh Rogers has been on the ground for four election cycles in New Hampshire, and today, will be following former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer on assignment for NPR Roemer is an anti-establishment candidate who’s refused donations of more than one hundred dollars, and hasn’t been invited to participate in party debates…forcing him to bet on a retail-only campaign here in New Hampshire.

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The End of Retail Politics

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