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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Mitt Romney projected to win New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary

Although most precincts have yet to report in, the tra­di­tion­al media has already declared Mitt Rom­ney the win­ner of the 2012 Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry in New Hamp­shire… and Rom­ney has tak­en to the stage to deliv­er an arro­gant­ly-word­ed vic­to­ry speech filled with bold promis­es that he has no abil­i­ty what­so­ev­er to ful­fill, along with a gen­er­ous serv­ing of scorn direct­ed toward Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

As of 5:35 PM, Rom­ney had around 35% of the vote, with Ron Paul in sec­ond place and Jon Hunts­man in third. Iowa wun­derkind Rick San­to­rum fin­ished fifth, behind Newt Gin­grich, who once again man­aged to come in fourth. Fin­ish­ing last among the major can­di­dates was Rick Per­ry, who had less than one per­cent of the vote.

Mitt Rom­ney: 35.3% (15,121 votes)
Ron Paul: 25.0% (10,705 votes)
Jon Hunts­man: 16.8% (7,194votes)
Newt Gin­grich: 10.3% (4,410 votes)
Rick San­to­rum: 10.1 (4,342 votes)
Rick Per­ry: 0.7% (292 votes)

It’s worth not­ing that the total num­ber of votes received by all the can­di­dates is less than the pop­u­la­tion of a medi­um-sized city (like the City of Red­mond). This elec­tion is being decid­ed by a fair­ly small electorate.

The next nom­i­nat­ing con­test will be held a week from this Sat­ur­day in South Car­oli­na. It will like­ly be Rick Per­ry’s last stand — if he does­n’t at least fin­ish in the top three, he will be in a poor posi­tion to continue.

Very few del­e­gates are at stake in the four Jan­u­ary nom­i­nat­ing con­tests (Iowa, New Hamp­shire, South Car­oli­na, Flori­da), but it’s like­ly that the field will be sig­nif­i­cant­ly nar­rowed before the states with the most del­e­gates at stake hold their cau­cus­es and pri­maries, because pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns need mon­ey to run and mon­ey tends to dry up when a can­di­date is losing.

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