BROOKFIELD ELECTION WORKERS, led by Moderator Dr. William Marsh and Town Clerk Virginia McGinley (center) were all ready for voters at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10. A total of 261 votes were cast at the Brookfield polls that day. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
January 12, 2012WOLFEBORO — Mitt Romney had little trouble winning the Republican primary in the four towns covered by the Granite State News, pulling 1,925 votes of the 4,085 votes cast for the top eight contenders. In fact his 47.1 percent share of the votes was higher in local towns than the 39 percent projected for him statewide at press time.
Second-place finisher Ron Paul won 811 votes, giving him a 19.9 percent share, which was lower than the 23 percent projected statewide.
In third place was Jon Huntsman with 564 votes or 13.8 percent. This too was lower than the 17 percent statewide projection. However, in Tuftonboro Huntsman edged out Paul 130 votes to 123.
Newt Gingrich came in fourth with 419 votes (10.3 percent), followed by Rick Santorum with 318 votes (7.8 percent). None of the remaining contenders received significant votes: Rick Perry was sixth with 24 votes, Buddy Roemer was seventh with 14 votes and Michelle Bachmann, who has dropped out of the race, was eighth with 10 votes.
The same vote pattern held in all other Carroll County towns except Effingham, where Paul came in first with 125 votes to Romney's 88.
Republican Primary results by local towns were:
Brookfield: Romney 82, Paul 58, Huntsman 27, Gingrich 26, Santorum 26, Perry 2, Roemer 2 and Bachmann 1.
Tuftonboro: Romney 413, Paul 123, Huntsman 130, Gingrich 73, Santorum 65, Perry 3, Roemer 3 and Bachmann 3.
Wakefield: Romney 364, Paul 278, Huntsman 126, Gingrich 119, Santorum 116, Perry 7, Roemer 2 and Bachmann 3.
Wolfeboro: Romney 1,066, Paul 352, Huntsman 281, Gingrich 201, Santorum 111, Perry 12, Roemer 7 and Bachmann 3.