updated 1/3/2008 3:38:48 PM ET 2008-01-03T20:38:48

The New Hampshire attorney general's office said Thursday it doesn't expect to identify those responsible for a series of anti-Mormon phone calls that targeted presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his faith before the state's primary.

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Attorney General Kelly Ayotte issued a brief report just five days before New Hampshire voters go to the polls. In it, she pointed to two firms: Western Wats, of Orem, Utah, that made the calls; Moore-Information Inc., of Portland, Ore., that hired Western Wats.

The attorney general's office says it determined Western Wats conducted the poll, developed its content and set the dates for the poll to be conducted in New Hampshire.

The attorney general's office then sought out-of-state subpoenas of Moore-Information to explain its role and who hired the firm as a middle man. Moore-Information has claimed it was hired to do the work for the primary, which is exempt from state laws that ban such polling.

Last month, New Hampshire executed out-of-state subpoenas for Moore-Information to produce the documents by Saturday. But Moore-Information's attorney disputed the subpoena and objected to the deadline.

The attorney general's office asked for a speedy hearing so voters could determine who was responsible for the calls. The Oregon court, however, sided with Moore-Information and scheduled a hearing for Jan. 16 -- a week after the primary.

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