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New Hampshire Primary Preview: Romney Can Seal The Deal

Today marks the first official primary of the election season.  New Hampshire, which currently ranks #42 out of the 50 states in population, continues to hold a disproportionately large influence in the race for president by holding their primary earlier than anyone else in the country.

Mitt Romney has been leading the polls in New Hampshire since the start.  The latest polls indicate that he has well over a double digit lead over Ron Paul and should cruise to victory.  The bigger battle may be for second place.  Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman are within a couple percent of each other and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are not that far behind them.

If New Hampshire turns out to be the rout that it appears it could turn out to be, Romney may essentially have the nomination wrapped up by Florida.  He’s also well ahead in polls for South Carolina and Florida and victories in the first four contests of the election would almost certainly be too much for any other candidate to overcome.

I actually find myself pulling for Jon Huntsman in New Hampshire.  He pretty much passed up campaigning in Iowa to focus on a big showing in New Hampshire and it looks like he could get a 2nd place finish once all is said and done.  I admit to not really knowing a darn thing about him for most of the campaign thus far but I kind of like his platform and how he presents himself publicly.  Granted, I don’t think he has any chance of being a serious contender let alone winning the nomination but I would like to see him getting a little more play.

What say you?  Who would get your vote in the New Hampshire primary?  Feel free to comment below.

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  1. January 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I have to admit, Huntsman scored some respect from me by responding, over the weekend, to Romney’s obvious hatred of the Democratic party (because Hunstman served in China under Obama) with “This nation is divided because of attitudes like that.”

    He is so right. The parties may not have to agree with one another, or even those within their own party, but this hatred and refusing to work together to achieve any goals has to stop. I’m tired of being their martyr.

    • January 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Well said!

    • January 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I agree. You don’t have to agree to get along, work together and compromise. That super committee was a shining example of all that’s wrong with government.

  2. January 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I would vote for Huntsman over any other Republican. I REALLY hope he puts in a good showing. He is a politician, just like all the others, but is not the extreme conservative (Gingrich, Perry, Santorum), more pragmatic than Paul and more honest than Romney. I am a Mormon, both Huntsman and Romney are Mormons and many people think Mormons will only vote for a Mormon. Not true. I would certainly take Huntsman over Romney. Romney’s Bain claims, his criticism of Huntsman’s serving under Obama, his pretentiousness, lies and pretending to understand the middle class are disgusting to me. I will still, in all likelihood, vote for Obama.

    • January 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I’m actually rooting for a solid showing for Huntsman today. If he doesn’t get it, I don’t know where he goes from here (except out of the race, of course). I’d like to see him last in this race a little longer but I don’t think he will be.

  3. January 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    A win in New Hampshire really doesn’t do much for Romney unless he can do well in South Carolina and Florida, and Rasmussen showed him with around 35% of the vote yesterday – that would be a pretty poor showing in his backyard, and leaves him vulnerable in the far more conservative south. And if his numbers continue to drop (he’s lost 9 points off his lead in 4 days), he’ll be even more vulnerable. His biggest push in the south has been his inevitability; if he only polls in the low 30’s I don’t see him doing well at well. It’s beginning to look like a brokered convention.

    As for Huntsman, if he can’t win in NH, I can’t see where he’ll do well enough to pick up enough delegates to make any noise at the convention. If you ask me, he’s running for that third party Nick Kristoff is pushing.

    • January 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I still believe there’s nothing that can really stop him from earning the nomination now. Barring a stunning collapse of course. His numbers may bounce around as some of the other guys become the hot candidate of the moment but I think he’s locked in at this point.

  4. January 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I was surprised that Romney didn’t get the nomination in 2008. He is an appealing candidate for the GOP in that he is closer to the center; thereby, more electable, siphoning off those Independents from the Democrats. Romney will get it this time though, I’m fairly sure. He’s the most presentable with the least amount of baggage. His Mormonism may hurt him with the Religious Right who don’t even consider Mormons christian. I don’t think he’s going to be our next president. Maybe in 2016, he can beat Hillary.

    • January 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Clinton-Romney would be an interesting matchup. I think Hillary would beat him as soundly as Obama would.

  5. January 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    You know this already, but I’m also in for Huntsman! I think he’s the only electable candidate, and the only reasonable one. The harsh reality is that Mitt Romney was tragically born without a personality or any charisma, and though that’s superficial, it’ll sink him in November. Plus, his record on jobs in Massachusetts really is quite bad – he WAS 47th in the nation (with Hurricane Katrina-battered LA behind him..), but somehow that has escaped his Republican opponents.

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