New Hampshire Republican primary, 2008

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New Hampshire Republican primary, 2008
New Hampshire
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January 8, 2008 (2008-01-08) → 2012

  John McCain official photo portrait.JPG Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 4 (x).jpg Huckabee-SF-CC-024.jpg
Nominee John McCain Mitt Romney Mike Huckabee
Party Republican Republican Republican
Home state Arizona Massachusetts Arkansas
Popular vote 88,713 75,675 26,916
Percentage 37.0% 31.6% 11.2%

  Rudy Giuliani 140x190.jpg Ron Paul, official Congressional photo portrait, 2007.jpg Fred Thompson
Nominee Rudy Giuliani Ron Paul Fred Thompson
Party Republican Republican Republican
Home state New York Texas Tennessee
Popular vote 20,439 18,308 2,890
Percentage 8.7% 7.8% 1.23%

New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary Election Results by Town, 2008.png

Precinct Results   Blue denotes precincts won by McCain,   Red denotes those won by Romney,   Green denotes those won by Huckabee, and   Yellow denotes that won by Ron Paul.

The 2008 New Hampshire Republican primary took place on January 8, 2008, with 12 national delegates being allocated proportionally to the popular vote.[1] Arizona Senator John McCain won 7 of the delegates.

Independent voters made up 44 percent of the New Hampshire electorate and could choose to vote in either this primary or the Democratic Party's contest held on the same day, but voters could not vote in both.[2]


In the days leading up to the primary, John McCain appeared to gain a slight lead over Mitt Romney. Average support from polls were McCain, 31.8%; Romney, 28.2%; Huckabee, 12.2%; Giuliani, 9.3%; Paul, 8.2%; Thompson, 2.2%.[3]


The official return was certified by the New Hampshire Secretary of State on 9 January.[4] According to New Hampshire law, delegates are allocated proportionally with a minimum 10% threshold required to receive delegates. The balance of delegates that are not assigned are then allocated to the winner.

Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
John McCain 88,571 37.71% 7
Mitt Romney 75,546 32.17% 4
Mike Huckabee 26,859 11.44% 1
Rudy Giuliani 20,439 8.7% 0
Ron Paul 18,308 7.8% 0
Fred Thompson 2,890 1.23% 0
Duncan Hunter 1,217 0.52% 0
Alan Keyes 203 0.09% 0
Stephen Marchuk 123 0.05% 0
Tom Tancredo* 80 0.03% 0
Dr Hugh Cort 53 0.02% 0
Cornelius Edward O'Connor 45 0.02% 0
Albert Howard 44 0.02% 0
Vern Wuensche 44 0.02% 0
Vermin Supreme 41 0.02% 0
John H. Cox 39 0.02% 0
Daniel Gilbert 33 0.01% 0
James Creighton Mitchell Jr. 30 0.01% 0
Jack Shepard 27 0.01% 0
Mark Klein 19 0.01% 0
H. Neal Fendig Jr. 13 0% 0
Scattered 227 0.1% 0
Total 234,851 100% 12

* Candidate had already dropped out of the race prior to primary.


Most New Hampshire voters cast their votes on vulnerable Diebold optical-scan systems, leading election-reform activists to immediately begin examining the results from New Hampshire, claiming later to find evidence suggesting fraud.[5]

Republican presidential nominee candidate Albert Howard joined forces with Ron Paul supporters bankrolling a full recount of the Republican primary.[6] The Republican recount began on Wednesday January 16.[7]

The story initially was reported only online, but was later acknowledged by mainstream news outlets. Most observers have concluded that demographic trends influence both a community's means of counting ballots, and which candidates the community is likely to support.[8]

On January 10, 2008, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich requested and paid for a recount to make sure that all of the votes in the Democratic primary were counted - Republican candidate Albert Howard also requested a recount in the Republican primary.[9]

The recount began on January 16, 2008 after New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner received $27,000 from Kucinich. The first ballots to be counted came from Manchester. The campaigns and fair elections groups had the right to see and approve every ballot. In the GOP recount the votes for all candidates were exactly the same except for Mitt Romney who received 1 extra vote. With $55,600, Albert Howard is the first person in U.S. history to receive a statewide New Hampshire Primary Recount.[10]

The Deputy Secretary of State, David Scanlan, estimated that the Republican recount cost $57,600 and the Democratic recount, with more votes cast, cost $67,600.[11]

According to Howard's campaign Web site, some of his primary objectives include banning electronic voting. Quin Monson, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at BYU, commented: "There are people that do not trust the technology. [The] request for the recount is likely a response to that crowd."[12]

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