New Hampshire has come and gone as everyone expected, Mitt Romney won handily and delivered the speech he probably hoped to deliver on Caucus night in Iowa. By winning New Hampshire, Romney is two for two, something no non-incumbent has ever done. I’ll update the final numbers later but as I type the final rankings are Romney, Paul, Huntsman, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Roemer.
Exit polling shows Romney getting support from a broad cross-section of voters, including receiving 40% of the votes who say they support the Tea Party. Huntsman’s support was strong from self-described Democrats who oppose the Tea Party.
Nobody is dropping out and at least two candidates (Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry) have indicated South Carolina’s January 21st primary will put them on the comeback trail. The RCP Average of South Carolina polls shows Gingrich in 3rd but close to second place Santorum and Perry a distant 5th with only 5% support.
Jon Hunstman placed his bet that New Hampshire would make him the Not-Romney. His third place finish may or may not be enough to kick-start his campaign but I can’t help but think he hoped to do better there. He currently sits in 6th place in SC with a mere 2.3% in the RCP average (link above). I’m sure Huntsman’s grateful for Buddy Roemer or he’d be in danger of a last place finish.
All campaigns go negative but I must say I’m not happy with the method of attack Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have been using against Mitt Romney lately. Since when did being successful and earning a profit become dirty words among those who profess to support the free market? Rush Limbaugh, Jay Nordlinger, and John Hinderaker take Perry and Gingrich to task while Erick Erickson says it’s good preparation for what Obama will be saying should Romney win and many people agree with the attacks. Hinderaker had the strongest comments:
In their desperation to remain relevant, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have resorted to aping liberal know-nothingism on the economy. Both have launched absurd attacks on Mitt Romney–really, attacks on investment firms in general.
Dana Loesch defends Newt against the accusations he’s “an angry little attack muffin.”
RuPaul explains he’s not Ron Paul. Apparently there was some confusion about that.
Coffee and Markets takes a look at Rick Santorum’s tax plan.
You too can own a Rick Santorum sweater-vest.
In shocking news, Tim Tebow has been approached about endorsing a GOP candidate.
Twitter predicted Romney’s NH victory.
Here’s the latest RCP Averages and Intrade Percentages.