At 12:00am on Tuesday January 10th, the first votes were cast in Dixville Notch, NH in keeping with a tradition that’s been around since 1960.
While Iowa holds the first GOP caucus, New Hampshire holds the first winner-take-all primary of the election season.
The primary is not a closed primary, but doesn’t meet the full definition of an open primary which places it in the odd middle-ground of being a semi-closed primary. While New Hampshire does allow undeclared voters to participate in either parties primary, those affiliated with a certain party cannot vote in the other parties primary.
New Hampshire holds 12 delegates in the quest for the GOP nomination where 1,144 delegate votes will be required to win.
The New Hampshire Secretary of State is expecting as many as 250,000 votes to be cast in the Republican primary.
CDN will be updating this post with up-to-the minute data from local polling, entrance polls, precinct data and finalized results.
With 100.0% of the vote counted:
- Mitt Romney 39.3% (97,532)
- Ron Paul 22.9% (56,848)
- Jon Huntsman 16.9% (41,945)
- Newt Gingrich 9.4% (23,411)
- Rick Santorum 9.4% (23,362)
- Rick Perry 0.7% (1,766)
For more information on other state’s primaries/caucuses go to CDN’s 2012 Election Center
07:00 (1-11) Stillll counting The order hasn’t changed nor has much of the share of votes. We aren’t expecting anything to change from this point on.
23:25 Santorum’s hold on 4th place slips as Gingrich puts .2% distance between them
22:02 Newt Gingrich speaks: “I’m asking each of you not to slow down.” “I believe we can create a majority that can shock the country.”
21:53 - Rick Santorum at the podium: “We are going to go on to South Carolina. We can win this race.”
21:29 - Huntsman takes the mic: “I’d say third place is a ticket to ride. Hello South Carolina!” he began “We had conversations about putting this country first”. “Everybody knows Congress needs term limits.”
21:10 – Santorum catches up; ties Gingrich with 10% of vote. Fourth place is the race.
21:00 - Ron Paul at the podium to speak. “[Romney] certainly had a clear-cut victory, but we are nibbling at his heels.” “We remain a danger to the federal reserve system!”
20:46 – 50 votes separate Ginrich and Romney with Gingrich holding on to fourth place by a slim margin
20:26 – Romney takes the stage to speak at victory rally to crowd chanting “Mitt, Mitt, Mitt”. “Tonight, we made history” Romney began, “Today we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed president.” “The president has run out of ideas, has been running out of excuses .. and now, he has run out of time”
20:00 - Polls closed, Fox News immediately calls Romney 1st and Paul second in the race for New Hampshire’s delegates
18:45 - Exit polling is showing Romney holding on to the top spot in New Hampshire
00:07 - As no surprise, Obama took the entire Democrat primary with 3 votes. 6 votes for Republicans, 3 votes for Dems.
00:06 -Nine voters showed up for the early morning primary in the small New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch, NH. 2 registered democrats, 3 registered republicans and 4 independents voted and the results of the first poll to close give Dixville’s precinct to a tie between Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney with two votes a piece. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich each received 1 vote.