|The Green Papers|
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
New Hampshire Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 10 January 2012
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary,
Polling hours 6:00a EST (1100 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC). Polls must open by 11 AM however most open between 7 AM and 8 AM. NEW HAMPSHIRE permits its 13 cities to keep their polls open until 8 PM EDT by local option- however, as there ARE only 13 cities among New Hampshire's 234 County subdivisions [the 221 "non-cities", of course, being the proverbial New England Town(ship)], the fact is that the vast majority of NH's polls have closed by 7 PM EDT and the networks have no problem considering this hour as the earliest hour of potential projection.
Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary
12 total delegates - penalty: 50% of 23 [10 base at-large / 6 re: 2 congressional districts / 3 party / 4 bonus]
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 2 November 2011.
New Hampshire may begin their delegate selection primaries, caucuses, and conventions on Wednesday 1 February 2012. [The Rules of the Republican Party - Rule 15(b)(1)].
16 January 2012:
"Today I am suspending my campaign and supporting the candidate who is best-equipped to defeat the president and return conservative leadership to the White House: Governor Mitt Romney." - former Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.. Note that Governor Huntsman suspended his campaign but did NOT withdraw. If he withdraws, he could loose his delegates -- see the [RSA 659:93 VI] note below.
2 delegates were bound to Huntsman in the Tuesday 10 January 2012 New Hampshire Republican Primary. Our "hard count" will continue to reflect the original binding (Romney 7, Paul 3, Huntsman 2). However, our "soft count" now shows those 2 delegates as supporting Romney (Romney 9, Paul 3).
On 26 March 2012: Paul Collins (Huntsman delegate) Brad Blais (Huntsman alternate delegate) announced their support for Romney.
The information below has been updated to reflect the 50% penalty. The penalty reduces the delegate count to 12 and removes voting privileges from the party leader delegates.
Tuesday 10 January 2012:
Prior to the primary, each Presidential candidate submits a list of delegate candidates to the New Hampshire Secretary of State. After the primary, the Secretary of State notifies each Presidential candidate indicating the number of delegates he/she has won. Each candidate has 10 days to designate which delegate candidates will become National Convention delegates [659.93].
Each presidential candidate ... shall file with the secretary of state ... the names and addresses ... of the delegates ... who shall represent the candidate as his or her delegation to the national convention. [RSA 655:50]
If a presidential candidate has received a share of the delegates as a result of the presidential primary but withdraws as a presidential candidate at any time prior to the convention, his pledged delegates shall be released by the candidate and each delegate is free to support any candidate of his political party who may be his choice as a candidate for president. [RSA 659:93 VI]
"...I pledge myself, if selected as delegate or alternate delegate to said convention, whenever I shall vote, to vote for the nomination of ________________________ as candidate for said party for president so long as he shall be a candidate before said convention." [Certificate of Delegate/Alternate Delegate Selected for the National Convention]
In addition, the 3 party leader delegates, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the New Hampshire's Republican Party, will attend the convention as
National Committeeman and Committeewoman [Bylaws of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, Article III]
Here's how we compute the delegate count:
This is what the delegate count would have been had New Hampshire not been sanctioned:
"If Nevada does not accept a date of Tuesday, January 17th or later for its caucus, it leaves New Hampshire no choice but to consider December of this year. The dates of Tuesday, December 13th and Tuesday, December 6th are realistic options ... "
On 2 November 2011, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced that New Hampshire will hold its Presidential Primary on Tuesday 10 January 2012.
The January date appears to put the New Hampshire's Republican delegate selection plan in violation of the Rules of the Republican Party. Rule 15(b)(1) states
"No primary, caucus, or convention to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to the first Tuesday in March in the year in which a national convention is held. Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin their processes at any time on or after February 1 in the year in which a national convention is held ..."
Rule 16(a) indicates that New Hampshire will forfeit 50% of their National Convention delegates.
"If any state or state Republican Party violates The Rules of the Republican Party relating to the timing ... the number of delegates to the national convention from that state shall be reduced by fifty percent (50%) ... "
Date of Presidential Primary [RSA 653:9]:
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• State Constitution|
|• New Hampshire Secretary of State|
|• Secretary of State's Election Division|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• New Hampshire General Court|
|• New Hampshire Republican State Committee|
|Media & others|
|• Concord Monitor - Concord|
|• Foster's Daily Democrat - Dover|
|• Granite State News|
|• New Hampshire Business Review|
|• New Hampshire Gazette|
|• New Hampshire Public Radio|
|• New Hampshire Public Television|
|• Newhampsire.com (The Union Leader)|
|• NH Journal|
|• NH1 - Concord|
|• Politics1.com - New Hampshire|
|• Seacoastonline.com - Seacoast Newspapers|
|• The Cabinet Press - Bedford - Hollis - Merrimack - Milford|
|• The Telegraph - Nashua|
|• The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News|
|• WMUR TV - ABC - Manchester - Portsmouth|
Election 2012 - Presidential Primary, Caucus, and Convention Home