NEW HAMPSHIRE
4 Electoral Votes 
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Former Gov. Mitt Romney could count the Granite State as one of his home states; he owns a home on Lake Winnipesaukee, had waged two primary campaigns here, and served as governor of neighboring Massachusetts.  Romney did spend a fair bit of time in the state, including a family summer vacation and other visits to the home on Lake Winnipesaukee (photos of Ann and Mitt Romney on a jet ski and of the Romney family on a speedboat came from that vacation).  None of the Romney principals visited the state in the month of October, however. 

New Hampshire did see joint appearances from both tickets, which did not happen in many states.  Romney and Ryan held a Victory town hall at Saint Anselm College in Manchester on Aug. 20, and the Obamas and the Bidens did a campaign event at Strawberry Banke Field in Portsmouth on Sept. 7.

Also of note, before Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Kelly Ayotte was mentioned in vice presidential speculation. 


In June 2012 the New Hampshire General Court passed voter ID law over Gov. Lynch's veto.  The Secretary of State reported that in the Sept. 11 primary, 12,836 voters did not present a valid photo ID.  One group most obviously affected was out-of-state students [PDF]

Newspaper Endorsements (Sample)
OBAMA
ROMNEY
Concord Monitor (Oct. 29, 2012) +
The Keene Sentinel (Oct. 28, 2012) +
Portsmouth Herald (Oct. 28, 2012) +
Foster's Daily Democrat (Oct. 24, 2012) +
Laconia Citizen (Oct. 16, 2012)
New Hampshire Union Leader [Manchester]
*The Telegraph [Nashua] (Oct. 31, 2012) +
*switched from Obama.


Results by County

Romney

Obama

Johnson
  Goode
Paul w/in
Stein w/in
Scatter

Total
Belknap
17,571
51.85
15,890
46.89
276
27
72
15
36

33,887
Carroll
14,207
49.67
13,977
48.87
251
33
85
16
33

28,602
Cheshire
15,156
36.64
25,380
61.36
545
65
108
31
75

41,360
Coos
6,342
40.40
9,095
57.93
165
17
54
4
22

15,699
Grafton
18,208
37.15
29,826
60.85
666
66
123
47
78

49,014
Hillsborough
99,991
48.62
102,303 49.74
2,541
184
340
82
226

205,667
Merrimack
34,524
42.88
44,756
55.59
899
70
165
30
70

80,514
Rockingham
87,921
51.59
80,142
47.03
1,737
156
222
52
193

170,423
Strafford
26,729
41.78
36,026
56.32
856
57
160
39
102

63,969
Sullivan
9,269
42.45
12,166
55.71
276
33
45
8
40

21,837
Total
329,918
46.40
369,561
51.98
8,212
1.16
708
0.10
1,374
0.19
324
0.04
875
0.12

710,972