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Romney outpolls Paul, Huntsman in New Hampshire


The following ran in the Jan. 11, 2012 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Political Scientist Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.

January 12, 2012

Manchester, N.H. -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, consolidating his front-runner status and leaving his conservative opposition in disarray.

Romney, 64, became the first nonincumbent to win both Iowa's first-in-the-nation Republican caucuses and New Hampshire's leadoff primary.

"Tonight, we made history," he told a cheering throng packed into his Manchester headquarters. "Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work."...

Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said the continuing division on the right makes Romney an overwhelming favorite for the nomination.

"Everyone is going to South Carolina, which is wonderful news for Romney," Jillson said. "It means the anti-Romney vote is split across five other people again in South Carolina, and perhaps in future states. As long as he has four or five or six challengers, he's going to continue to finish first."...

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