Making sense of New Hampshire primary results


    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a victory party at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Hour 2

    Politicos and the media types covering them converged on New Hampshire in recent days as voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the Republican presidential primary. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the GOP primary, with Rep. Ron Paul “nibbling on his heels” and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman coming in third. Waiting in the wings is South Carolina, where the January 21st primary promises to be a real fight shaped by a vigorous and expensive ad war. Given that the winner of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary has gone on to win the nomination since its inception in 1980 through the election of 2008, there is a lot at stake for the candidates. We talk 2012 Republican politics with University of New Hampshire political scientist ANDREW SMITH and REID WILSON, editor-in-chief of National Journal Hotline, who is reporting from South Carolina.

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