|New Hampshire Republican primary, January 10, 2012|
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Projected delegate count|
Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary handily with Ron Paul taking a distant second place in the field. Jon Huntsman rounded out the top 3.
Jan 10, 2012 (90% of precincts reporting)
Mitt Romney – 90,090 39.4%
Ron Paul – 52,292 22.9%
Jon Huntsman – 38,394 16.8%
Newt Gingrich – 21,505 9.4%
Rick Santorum -21,338 9.3%
Rick Perry – 1,588 0.7%
Report from Fox News:
Mitt Romney scored a decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, securing his second win in the first two contests of the presidential nominating season and trying to turn his front-running campaign into a steamroller.
His New Hampshire performance puts Romney’s campaign in strong position going into South Carolina, the next primary on the calendar and one that historically has been key to the GOP presidential nomination. But Romney still has a fight on his hands, as the five other candidates vowed to press on and meet him in the Palmetto State.
In New Hampshire, Ron Paul finished in second and Jon Huntsman finished in third. Rick Perry finished in sixth place. Any remaining drama in the state was shaping up to be a race for fourth, between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Both candidates were pulling in 10 percent of the vote.
With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Romney was leading with 38 percent of the vote. Paul has 23 percent and Huntsman has 17 percent.
Romney’s victory was apparent almost from the moment polls closed on Tuesday, and the frontrunning candidate addressed a jubilant and rowdy crowd in Manchester. The audience frequently broke out into cheers and chants of “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!” as the candidate vowed to take the fight into South Carolina, whose contest is Saturday, Jan. 21.
Heading to South Carolina, Mitt Romney comes in with a palpable advantage given his victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.