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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 Invisible Issues of Campaign 2012

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Think about how anti-gay marriage rhetoric played a critical role in George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, or how talking up a surging economy made Bill Clinton the first two-term democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt won in 1936. With just three weeks to go in the current race, camp Romney is eager to talk about the economy, jobs, and unemployment…while the Obama campaign is quick to bring up women’s rights and bolster their stance on health care.  Yet other topics seem conspicuously absent from the political conversation and even the debatesSteve Kornacki writes about politics for Salon, and is co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle”.  We invited him on the program to discuss the least-talked about issues of campaign 2012, and to give us his take on what we probably won’t be hearing either side talk about at tonight’s debate.