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Over at Pastie.org, they have an interesting Python Script that returns the results of the Republican Primary in JSON.
import json
import sys
import urllib2
from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup
import re

#Usage python elections.py State Name
#Example python elections.py massachusetts

state = sys.argv[1]
url = ("http://elections.msnbc.msn.com/ns/politics/2012/%s/Republican/primary/" % state)
html = BeautifulSoup(urllib2.urlopen(url)).prettify()

soup = BeautifulSoup(html)

cities = soup.findAll("div", {"class": re.compile(r'\bresultSlice\ countyResults\b')})

results = {}

for city in cities:
    cityName = ''.join((city.find("div", {"class": "state"})).findAll(text=True)).strip()
    results.setdefault(cityName, {})

    table = city.findAll("table", {"class": "results"})
    for rows in table:
        rows = rows.findAll("tr", {"class": re.compile(r'\brep\b')})
        for row in rows:
                canidate    = ''.join(row.find("td", {"class": "name"}).findAll(text=True)).strip()
                votes       = ''.join(row.find("td", {"class": "votes"}).findAll(text=True)).strip()
                if votes == "":
                    votes = 0
                results.setdefault(cityName, {}).setdefault((canidate.replace("\n","")).replace("                            ", " "), {})['votes'] = votes
            except Exception:

print json.dumps(results, indent=4)


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