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Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks to the New Hampshire legislature during a campaign stop at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., in November. (AP)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks to the New Hampshire legislature during a campaign stop at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., in November. (AP)

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both campaigned Monday in New Hampshire.

With just a month to go before the primary, the Gingrich campaign is working hard to set up a full-fledged campaign in the Granite State. While Romney has had years to build a campaign operation in the state, Gingrich has only recently acquired the dollars and the poll numbers to allow him to compete on the ground.

So does this mean there's finally a meaningful race in New Hampshire? Maybe. But until now, there's been relatively little pre-primary excitement across the state.

Compared to past years, candidate appearances are down; so is the amount of money spent on political ads. Has the New Hampshire primary become less important?

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This segment aired on December 12, 2011.

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