[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/15/art.ayotte.file3.ayotte.jpg caption ="Kelly Ayotte has been declared the winner of New Hampshire’s GOP Senate primary."](CNN) - The New Hampshire Secretary of State Wednesday afternoon released official results on their website that show former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as the winner of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Ayotte, who was considered the GOP establishment candidate, pulled out a narrow victory in the final hours of the primary against her main opponent, Ovide Lamontagne, who enjoyed the support of many Tea Party activists. Ayotte garnered Sarah Palin's endorsement, among other high-profile support.
Lamontagne has until 5 p.m. ET to decide whether he'll seek a recount because the vote margin fell within 1.5 percent of the total votes cast. Jim Merrill, a senior adviser to his campaign, told CNN "stay tuned," as to whether or not Lamontagne will challenge the results.