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New Hampshire Election Results 2012: Winners And Losers

First Posted: 01/10/2012 9:53 pm   Updated: 01/10/2012 10:05 pm

GOP presidential candidates wasted no time flocking to New Hampshire after last week's Iowa caucuses, with Mitt Romney leading in the polls and his rivals making frantic attempts to shift the tide and chip away at his advantage.

Hordes of reporters also descended on the Granite State, traveling with the candidates to campaign events and contributing to the mob atmosphere at polling places.

In the end however, Romney emerged the clear victor while still managing to leave lingering uncertainty about how strong of a frontrunner he is. And so the GOP candidates, all of whom said on Tuesday night that they would remain in the race, will continue their mad dash in 11 days, when voters in South Carolina get their chance to help pick the GOP's general election contender in an open primary.

Who came out a winner and who came out a loser in the New Hampshire primary? Click through the slideshow below and vote.

LOSER: Jon Huntsman
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He might not be dropping out, but Huntsman certainly did worse than he had hoped. After skipping out on the Iowa caucuses completely in order to focus his campaign on New Hampshire, Huntsman finished third on Tuesday, around 20 percentage points behind first-place finisher Mitt Romney. Despite this, however, Huntsman claimed that his campaign was "comfortable" and "confident" Tuesday night, saying that his performance constituted a "ticket to ride" in South Carolina.

"We go south from here," Huntsman told CNN after polls closed, suggesting that he was ready to head to the Palmetto State, which will hold its primary next Saturday. A survey conducted there Tuesday showed comedian Stephen Colbert polling above Huntsman.
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