Jackie Gingrich Cushman

We stayed in the city of Concord. The state capital, is a small city with a quaint main street, full of local shops and coffee shops, running right in front of the capital. A statue of Patrick Henry stands on the capitol grounds, reminding me that I was in a state whose slogan is "live free or die." The people in this state hold these same convictions as Henry, the man who exclaimed, "Give me liberty, or give me death." They believe in states' rights, individual liberty and freedom.

The top three winners of the Republican presidential primary should have been no surprise. Mitt Romney, former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, who has been campaigning for over five years, came in first. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is running for the third time and is more of a libertarian than a Republican, came in second, thanks to a large college population in the state. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman came in an almost-surprisingly strong third, until one remembers that he skipped Iowa and camped out in New Hampshire for six months, staking his entire campaign on the state.

Running neck-and-neck for fourth and fifth were my dad and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

What will I remember most about New Hampshire? Possibly the winding roads with the stone walls running next to the edge, reminding me of revolutionary times, possibly glimpsing the ocean as we drove back from Rye. In retrospect, I think that I will remember the spin room and the screaming, a contrast to the stoic people of New Hampshire.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.