Newt Gingrich edged Rick Santorum for 4th place in the New Hampshire Republican primary, nipping him by 49 votes, as the final tally came in as follows: Mitt Romney, 39 percent; Ron Paul, 23 percent; Jon Huntsman, 17 percent; Gingrich, 9 percent; Santorum, 9 percent; and Rick Perry, 1 percent. Romney won 7 delegates (and Paul 3 and Huntsman 2), leaving the GOP frontrunner just over 1,100 shy of the number needed to win the nomination.
Manchester, N.H. When the votes were finally counted across New Hampshire Tuesday night, Mitt Romney posted a solid 16-point win that included strong support among voters who described themselves as very conservative and supportive of the Tea Party.
Hooksett, N.H. The celebration for Mitt Romney here at Southern New Hampshire University is a quick affair. Roughly forty minutes after the last polls closed and the major TV networks had called the New Hampshire primary, Romney is wrapping up his victory speech. Supporters are filing out. Campaign surrogates are milling about to talk to reporters. The party is practically over.
Mitt Romney’s victory in New Hampshire was every bit as significant as it appeared. History is now on Romney’s side: Every candidate who has won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary has captured his party’s presidential nomination.
The Boston Herald reports that "A mystery man trying to vote in the New Hampshire primary using a dead man’s name got caught by an eagle-eyed voting supervisor in Manchester, then disappeared before police could corral him."
In an email, a former aide to Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer predicted there would not be a Roemer romp in today's New Hampshire primary. "I think that Gov. Roemer will do better than expected, but I don't see a statewide shift to his corner," former spokesman Aaron Walker told me. "The governor has a number of interesting ideas in fair trade and the affect of money in politics... I think that people are interested and appreciative, but will ultimately vote for the top tier candidates."
Derry, N.H. The menu at MaryAnn's Diner on East Broadway in Derry proclaims it “A Blast from the Past,” so it was presumably an appropriate venue for a consistent conservative like Rick Santorum to visit today. As he worked the lunchtime crowd, one grumpy diner looked up and complained to those of us hovering nearby and making his repast less peaceful than usual, “It's over, Romney's going to win, what's the big deal?” To which the Londonderry resident standing next to me responded, “Maybe, but I'm voting for someone else to keep the race going.”
Just how fluid and crazy has this GOP primary been? Well, the latest poll from Public Policy Polling contains a startling development:
Mitt Romney continues to be headed for a comfortable win in New Hampshire. PPP's final poll there finds him with 35% to 18% for Ron Paul, 16% for Jon Huntsman, 12% for Newt Gingrich, 11% for Rick Santorum, 3% for Buddy Roemer, and 1% for Rick Perry.
Exeter, N.H. There was something different about the rally on Sunday for Mitt Romney at Exeter High School. The signs, buttons, and campaign stickers were emblazoned with Romney’s name, but it was clear the former governor of Massachusetts was just the opening act at his own campaign stop. The real rock star, Chris Christie, was the evening’s main event.