January 5, 2012 by staff
8-vote Win, Welcome to your Primary Countdown for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012-six days from the New Hampshire Primary and 144 hours for Mitt Romney’s Republican rivals to try to alter his trajectory.
So long, Iowa. Bienvenue-New Hampshire. Where the mercury at sunrise is hovering at 3 degrees Fahrenheit in Concord. Where the jobless rate is 5.2 percent. Where there are 38,660 people out of work.
Quote of the Day (yes, two!):
“This is a campaign night where America wins. We’re going to change the White House and get America back on track.” -Mitt Romney, in remarks after Iowa results.
“Game On. You. You, by standing up and not compromising, by standing up and being bold and leading, leading with that burden and responsibility you have to be first, you have taken the first step of taking back this country.” – Rick Santorum, in remarks after Iowa.
Photo-Finish: When Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum gave speeches shortly after midnight, it still wasn’t final who was first and who was second. Both claimed a campaign victory, saying it validates their message, while Ron Paul steamed to third place. But was New Hampshire the real winner?
Who isn’t surging? Iowa at one point was like a kid’s fun race in which every participant gets a ribbon. Each of the top three claimed victories. Ron Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said his guy’s got one of the magical tickets to ride. “One of the three tickets, the one belonging to Rick Santorum, is a dead-end due to Santorum’s weak fundraising and lack of national campaign organization,” Benton said in an email blast. “This is now a two-way race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and the candidate for real change, Ron Paul.”
Where’s Ron Paul? The congressman from Texas has not events in New Hampshire today, the campaign says. Expect the big push to commence Thursday.
Told You So: Rick Santorum’s endorsements do not rival Mitt Romney’s endorsements in New Hampshire, but the campaign has consistently built support among legislators and has not lost any to a rival campaign, Dan Tamburello, a state co-chairman, tells Patch. The mini-narrative at Santorum’s state headquarters last night seemed to be: We knew Rick would win all along. Polls? Polls shmolls.
Perry Wrinkles: The governor of the second largest state flew back to it following his disappointing Iowa finish. He is finished, pundits declared. And we kept coming back to that famous Davy Crockett quote you see on tourist merchandise down in Austin: “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas.”
Faith, Family … and friends? Forgot the third “F” in Rick Santorum’s campaign theme. Anyway, Santorum should see a few more friends today when he holds an event at Rockingham County Nursing Home.
And the envelope, please: New Hampshire wins, according to Pat Griffin, senior fellow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College (which will host the ABC News debate Saturday night).
Shuffleboard: If Rick Perry is out of the picture, where will his New Hampshire supporters go? His Granite State supporters include John Stephen, former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey, former Congressman and state Supreme Court Justice Chuck Douglas, former RNC member Sean Mahoney, and state House Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker, R-Greenland. ‘Tis a long, respectable list.
Tracking: Mitt Romney has a commanding lead, with Ron Paul firmly in second, in Tuesday’s tracking poll by Suffolk University Political Research Center. The snapshot: Romney 43 percent, Paul 16 percent, Jon Huntsman 10 percent, Newt Gingrich 9 percent, Rick Santorum 5 percent, and Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry at 2 percent. The take-away: 13 percent were undecided.
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