Mitt Romney Gets a Second Win In New Hampshire Primary
Matt | On 11, Jan 2012
Mitt Romney has done it again. This time it really isn’t much of a shock to most people.
Shortly after 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, CNN projected that Romney was the winner in the New Hampshire primary. He won 40 percent of the GOP vote with 95 percent of precincts reporting. This marks the second state out of two contests he won in the quest for the GOP nomination.
The New Hampshire results were such a relief on my sleep schedule versus the 2:32 a.m. ET finish with the Iowa caucuses. Thank God!
Romney didn’t disappoint with the victory speech either. In fact, I was wondering what he smoked beforehand because he seemed really ballsy on the stage. He went straight on the offense against President Obama — in that “I’ve got this in the bag” kind of tone. He acted like the world began to crumble simply because Obama was elected. I know it’s campaign talk, but still. He was overly feeling himself.
As I said early on Tuesday, observers believed that Romney would handily win the New Hampshire primary. The voters are different there than in Iowa, though — much more independent-minded and with tendencies toward more “liberal” Republican beliefs. Plus, southern New Hampshire is close to the Massachusetts border, the state where Romney was formerly governor. His family also owns a home in New Hampshire. So, he wasn’t “that” hard of a sell.
Behind Romney, here’s how the other candidates fell:
- 2nd: Ron Paul (23 percent of the vote)
- 3rd: Jon Huntsman (17 percent of the vote)
- 4th: Newt Gingrich (10 percent of the vote)
- 5th: Rick Santorum (9 percent of the vote)
- 6th: Rick Perry (1 percent of the vote)
Paul and Huntsman campaigned in the state, hence their higher standings than the bottom three. Gingrich, Santorum, and Perry opted to head straight to South Carolina from Iowa to campaign for that state’s January 21 contest.
The South Carolina primary the biggie! That’s when the gloves really come off, candidates have to work the voters, and someone will be getting sent home.
Sidenote: Remind me of why is Rick Perry running again? He is perpetually losing these contests.
January 22 update: Rick Santorum has officially been declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses. The Republican Party of Iowa confirmed he led the other candidates by 38 votes.