How does the New Hampshire primary work?

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The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday – and don’t worry, this should be easier to follow than last week’s Iowa caucuses.

Unlike a caucus, a primary is a more straightforward process where voters simply show up and vote. But there are some distinctions in the Granite State.

The New Hampshire primary is considered what is known as “semi-closed,” meaning registered members of each party can vote in their respective primaries – but independents can too. That means anyone registered as undeclared in New Hampshire can essentially affiliate with a party at the polling location, and then vote in that primary.

They are the largest voting bloc in New Hampshire, and a big part of why the Granite State primary can be so hard to predict.

The voting, meanwhile, begins after midnight Tuesday and mostly wraps up by 7 p.m. ET, though some precincts continue voting for another hour.

The contest itself, while hugely important for momentum in the presidential race, does not award many delegates.

On the Democratic side, 32 delegates are in play – though eight of those are “superdelegates” not bound by the results of the primary. On the Republican side, 23 are at stake Tuesday.