Mitt Romney has won the New Hampshire primary, building on his first-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucuses and establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican US presidential nomination.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul was second on about 23% and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman third on almost 17%. Based on early results and exit poll data, CNN also projected that Texas Rep. Ron Paul will finish in second place and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will finish third, according to CNN.
Nearly-complete results from Tuesday’s New Hampshire vote showed Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich tussling for fourth place with less than 10% each, while Rick Perry had under 1% of the vote. Despite the strong showing by Romney, who won nearly every group of voters after his narrow victory last week in the Iowa caucuses, all the other contenders made clear they would continue their campaigns in South Carolina.
“Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times,” said Romney in front of a cheering crowd.
“The president has run out of ideas. Now, he’s running out of excuses. And tonight, we are asking the good people of South Carolina to join the citizens of New Hampshire and make 2012 the year he runs out of time.”mWithin 20 minutes of polls closing, Mr Romney took to the stage to declare victory and attack President Obama’s economic record.
It was the first time a non-incumbent Republican won both Iowa and New Hampshire. His younger following admires his small-government message, but his calls for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and legalizing drugs have put him outside the mainstream of his party.
Paul told CNN that he expected to raise more money after a second-place finish, and he then told cheering supporters that their campaign for freedom in America would continue to grow. Former House Speaker Gingrich also failed to get his once-soaring candidacy back on track. source APakistanNews.Com