All of the votes weren’t even in as the campaigns began to break down their headquarters and prepared to move onto South Carolina. Romney was fastest, since his lead came on strong and very early.
There was no surprise that Mitt Romney won New Hampshire, since he has been living there for years and essentially campaigning in the states since around 2008. And even though he won, he still couldn’t break that 40% ceiling, sharing the voters with other candidates.
The more surprising results coming out of the states, is Jon Huntsman‘s third place finish. Almost resembling the 2008 democratic primary when Hillary Clinton gained ground against then Sen. Barack Obama. But even so, I’m not sure that he can carry that over the South Carolina. Huntsman is currently having troubles of his own as he is currently the only candidate not on the ballot in Arizona, and taking third in NH only gave him 1 delegate.
As the results came in, and Gingrich and Santorum battled it out for fourth place, the candidates gave their speeches quickly and hurried off onto to South Carolina. And when you compare the two states, South Carolina means a lot more in the long hall. The winner of South Carolina is the one that usually goes on to winning the nomination.
Also, winning New Hampshire only gave Romney the satisfaction of saying he won their. Since he only earned 4 delegates in the state. Which then makes that state look unimportant, and makes the media look ridiculous as they fall over themselves to get to the states and make it a big deal.
Now that the race is moving into the south, it will become very interesting and unpredictable.
I think that South Carolina does not think highly of its fellow states in the north. And because of that, they might look more closely at the candidates that didn’t fare too well, and then discard candidates like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.
That is my feeling going into South Carolina. I also hope that the Fox debate will be better than the one ABC hosted in New Hampshire. We need these candidates to explain their positions more, and their reactions to the things going on in Washington.
- New Hampshire Primary Election Results: GOP Candidates Deliver Speeches (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Republican Presidential Candidates Head To South Carolina On Heals Of New Hampshire Primary (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Huntsman faces steep climb beyond NH (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Jon Huntsman Confirms To CNN He Is Going To South Carolina If He Finishes 3rd (mediaite.com)
- Mitt Romney wins New Hampshire, Ron Paul second (100gf.wordpress.com)
- What the New Hampshire Exit Polls Say about South Carolina (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Newt Gingrich New Hampshire Primary Results 2012: Candidate Says He’s Headed To South Carolina (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rick Perry dismisses New Hampshire, stresses importance of South Carolina (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Santorum: On to South Carolina (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Mitt Romney Wins New Hampshire; Paul Takes Second, Huntsman Third (maboulette.wordpress.com)