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Romney leads the pack in Gilford



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Gilford voters traveled by any means to cast their votes Tuesday, Jan. 10, like Sarah and her horse Marvin, who traveled from Belknap Mountain Road to cast their vote in the GMS gym. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)

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Gilford voters traveled by any means to cast their votes Tuesday, Jan. 10, like Sarah and her horse Marvin, who traveled from Belknap Mountain Road to cast their vote in the GMS gym. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
January 11, 2012
Gilford voters threw their support behind Mitt Romney in his bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination during Tuesday's Primary as residents cast 2,152 votes in support of their favored candidates.

Republican voters in Gilford cast 922 votes for Romney, 317 votes for Ron Paul, 285 votes for Jon Huntsman, 164 for Newt Gingrich, 144 for Rick Santorum, seven for Buddy Roemer, three for Michele Bachmann, two for Kevin Rubash, two for Fred Karger and one for Gary Johnson. None of the remaining candidates received votes.

Romney's lead in Gilford reflected the statewide results, where he jumped ahead early on in the final count, garnering nearly 40 percent of the vote. Paul placed second statewide with 23 percent, followed by Huntsman in third place with 17 percent of the vote. As of press time Tuesday night, it was still unclear whether Gingrich or Santorum would claim fourth place heading into South Carolina's primary.

Democratic voters cast 281 votes for incumbent President Barack Obama; four votes for Ed Cowan; three votes each for Randall Terry and John Haywood; two votes for each Bob Ely, Craig Freis, Bob Greene, Cornelius O'Connor and Edward O'Donnell; one vote for each John Wolfe, Darcy Richardson, Vermin Supreme and Robert Jordan.

Throughout the day, Selectman Gus Benavides, who was greeting voters as they visited the ballot box, had high hopes for turnout for the Primary, correctly estimating a total of more than 2,000 votes from Gilford residents.

Denise Gonyer, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, shared Benavides's positive prediction for voter turnout.

"Past history shows a relatively low turnout for Primaries but its been pretty good so far," said Gonyer.

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