Romney wins in New Hampshire

George Severson

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Romney wins in New Hampshire

CREATED Jan. 10, 2012



CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is the winner of the New Hampshire primary, adding to his win in Iowa last week.

The dual victories establish Romney as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination.

The early returns from a little more than 10 percent of the precincts showed Romney with 36 percent of the vote. Ron Paul was second with 25 percent, and Jon Huntsman had 17 percent.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum followed with 11 percent and 10 percent respectively.

The outcome in New Hampshire is one that all of his rivals had virtually conceded ahead of time. Gingrich and others said anything below 40 percent for Romney would signal a lack of support among Republican voters.

Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, had swept into New Hampshire nearly a week ago after winning the Iowa caucuses by eight votes.