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new hampshire voters Voters wait in line for polls to open to cast their ballot for the presidential primary in Manchester, New Hampshire, on January 10. (Photo: REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

Election 2012: The Voice of New Hampshire Voters

Residents head to the polls and shape the Republican presidential campaign

By Naomi Bamidele | null null , null

For most people, Tuesday was a day like any other. But for the people of New Hampshire, it was the day when the world turned its attention to the Granite State. It was the day of the New Hampshire primary, the first primary in the nation, and history would be made.

There was a lot of anticipation among voters.

"I think New Hampshire plays a very important role, being the first," said Karen Knowles. "It starts to get people thinking about other candidates that they were not thinking about before."

In a small church designated as the Ward 2 voting center, excitement was spilling over. Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, was abuzz. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Republican and Undefined voters filed in to cast their ballot. About 250,000 people were expected to turn out.

There were many cars surrounding the voting sites. As I walked in, I noticed a campaign worker quickly running to put up another campaign sign.

"There have been 772 voters" at the church, Christina Richard, a ballot inspector, said at about 6 p.m. "I think people feel optimistic and hopeful. There have been a lot of new, young voters"

But while people at the polls felt good about voter turnout, others had the issues on their mind.

"I think a lot of people are nervous about the economy, and not sure who can solve our problems," said Knowles.

Voters said they want someone who can solve the big problems. Some thought that the biggest problem was the economy and unemployment, even though the economy in New Hampshire is much better that most of the country. Others said that greed was the most important issue.

Despite these differences, most people agreed on what they wanted in a candidate. Honesty and integrity were the most important qualities. Voters said they want someone who would keep their promises if elected.

At the end of the day, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary with 39.3 percent of the votes.

"Thank You New Hampshire. Tonight we made history!" Romney told his supporters.


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