Mitt Romney wins GOP New Hampshire primary, Ron Paul projected second

By on Jan 11, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary on Wednesday, January 10, 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination race with a reasonable lead over Ron Paul.

Mitt Romney (center) speaks before the crowd, after
winning the New Hampshire primary

Image Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

According to CNN projections, Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary based on early results and exit poll data after the voting session ended at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, his second straight win.

As reported last week, Romney won the 2012 Iowa caucus, had 30,015 votes while Rick Santorum had 30,007 votes, winning only by 8 votes from all the 1,774 precincts throughout the Hawkeye State.

For the New Hampshire primary, CNN also projected that Texas Rep. Ron Paul landed in second place; after landing third in the Iowa caucus, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will finish third.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum trailed, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the last rank. Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann withdrew herself from the race, hours after the Iowa caucus result was announced.

“Tonight we made history. Tonight we celebrate and tomorrow we go back to work.” Mitt Romney was quoted telling to his cheering supporters in Manchester, after the early results from New Hampshire primary were revealed.

“We’ve seen some desperate Republicans joining forces with him. The President has run out of ideas, now he has run out of excuses.” Romney added, who was joined onstage by his wife, Ann, along with their five sons.

The South Carolina primary will be held on Saturday, January 21, and if Mitt Romney will win again, reports said that it will be very easy for him to win the GOP presidential nomination to run against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

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