Romney, Paul big winners in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney scored almost 40% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, not a blowout, but still a strong showing.  Paul Steinhauser and John Helton of Romney finished with around 40% of the vote, slightly better than what Sen. John McCain captured when he beat Romney to win the primary here in 2008. Romney finished around 17 points ahead Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who came in second. Very strong numbers, but are they spectacular? Maybe not, but they're more than good enough to propel him towards South Carolina with most of his rivals for the nomination divided and weakened. Ron Paul's 25% share was more surprising, and more impressive still was his showing among younger voters 18-29, where Fox News reported he received nearly half of the vote. Monika McDermott of the New York Times reports: ...Mr. Paul could have done better if he had gotten young voters to the polls in greater numbers. In fact, fewer showed up this year than in 2008. Only 31 percent of all voters were...(Read Full Post)