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Romney Takes New Hampshire; Santorum Falters

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On the heels of a race that was almost too close to call in Iowa, this week's New Hampshire Republican primary brought a surge of confidence to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. With more than 39 percent of the vote, Romney captured a decisive victory, with his next-closest competitor, Ron Paul, receiving 22.9 percent of the votes. Rival from the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum, placed nearly dead last at only 9.4 percent – second-lowest only to Texas Governor Rick Perry, who opted not to invest in trying to capture the state.

Despite recent media attacks portraying Romney's past corporate dealings in a negative light, the win was not a surprising one among Romney supporters, who watched as he took every county in the state. The jury is out as to whether the negative press will have more of an impact in future primaries.

Newt Gingrich also fell from any hope of glory in the state (and race?), joining Santorum with just about 9.4 percent of the vote. Jon Huntsman was neither here nor there, capturing 16.9 percent, despite a concentrated campaign effort in the area. We'll see if Romney can maintain his lead as the hopefuls head to South Carolina and Florida later this month.

– Karen Butler ( kbutler@vpico.com ) is Editor in Chief of SurgiStrategies

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