Race Called … Mitt Romney Wins New Hampshire Primary, Ron Paul Second and Huntsman Third … Obama Gets Only 82% Running Unopposed
FOX News has called the New Hampshire primary, Texas Congressman second and Huntsman third. Not surprising, Romney has won the NH primary; however, even though Romney will win by double digits, if he does not capture 40% of the vote it would be difficult to get too excited.
It comes as no surprise that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary. Romney has now won Iowa and New Hampshire. He now looks to the South Carolina primary to see if he can go thee for three. With US Senator Kelly Ayotte, Congressman Charlie Bass and former Senator Judd Gregg behind him, Romney could not lose.
Romney battled not only his rivals but also high expectations as the ballots were counted, particularly since his pursuers had virtually conceded New Hampshire and were already pointing to the South Carolina primary on Jan. 21 as the place to block his rise.
Seeking to undercut Romney’s victory, Gingrich and others sere suggesting that anything below 40 percent or so would indicate weakness by the nomination front-runner.
UPDATE I: With all due respect to the Politico, Rick Santorum did not crash back to Earth, NH has become far too liberal for any Conservative to run there. However, what I do agree with the Politico is why Santorum wasted any of his time, money and resources in a state where he had no chance. C’mon man … what was Santorum thinking? New Hampshire picked Ron Paul second and Huntsman third. Huntsman? Look for Santorum to do much better in South Carolina. Watch the VIDEO below of the breakdown of who voted for Huntsman … 51% of people who voted for Huntsman said they were satisfied with Barack Obama as President. HUH? Maybe Huntsman thought he was running in the Democrat primary this evening. This is what happens when a state allows anyone to vote in a primary, not just those registered of the party affiliation.
UPDATE I: Wow, Obama only gets 82% of the vote in NH primary running unopposed. Hardly a ringing endorsement for Barack Obama. Nearly 6000 people came out and voted for a write-in candidate against Obama. Thanks for the link Jim!
UPDATE II: Romney off to South Carolina for the political primary trifecta. Could it all be over if Romney wins SC?