New Hampshire Votes

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 10:56am

Jon Huntsman starts to surge in a Romney stronghold.

Dixville Notch has a near-perfect record of picking the state's republican primary winner, with only two exceptions in over 50 years. This morning we'll see if that tradition holds. Polls in New Hampshire open at 6am.

Just after midnight, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman tied for first in Dixville Notch with two votes each.

Starting at 6am, the rest of New Hampshire decides. "I hope you're going to be able to give me a bigger margin of victory than the 8 votes I got in Iowa. Can we do that? Yeah," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate

Romney's the clear frontrunner today, but the question is whether it will be a big win.

His support has eroded 10% in just a week as Newt Gingrich and others hammer away at his record.

Gingrich predicts he'll do better than expected. "McCain was behind the night before in 2000 so we will see. I sense a lot of momentum," said Newt Gingrich (R) Presidential Candidate

Ron Paul is polling second here. "He's winning hearts and minds,” said one New Hampshire voter.

John Huntsman told a standing-room-only crowd last night he's hoping for a strong finish. "Can you feel a little bit of momentum in the air?"[. . . ]"We're going to surprise a whole lot of people in this country tomorrow night," proclaimed Jon Huntsman (R) Presidential Candidate.

His supporters predict success today. "He's worked in New Hampshire and that deserves to be rewarded," said a New Hampshire resident.

Rick Santorum is not expected to pull off another Iowa surprise, while Rick Perry is focused on South Carolina. "Iowa and New Hampshire, those are winnowing contests. South Carolina picks presidents. That's what you do," said Rick Perry (R) Presidential Candidate.

In 60 years, no Republican has won the nomination without placing first or second in New Hampshire.

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