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Older voters in New Hampshire close ranks behind Romney

Posted By Sandy Johnson On January 11, 2012 @ 8:41 am In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

Powered by older voters, Mitt Romney won an unmistakable nod of approval from New Hampshire in the GOP presidential sweepstakes.

In a state with a history of primary surprises, the former Massachusetts governor breathed a sigh of relief when the votes were counted. He won 40 percent, comfortably higher than his 31.5 percent showing in 2008 when he was runner-up to John McCain.

Fifty-six percent of GOP primary voters were over 50 years old, and 4 in 10 of those older voters [1]cast ballots for Romney – a much better showing than four years ago. Then, Romney won the oldest voters, but lost the 50-to-64 year olds to McCain. This year, Romney swept both age groups, swamping his competition 2-to-1.

Independents came out in force, but their enthusiasm for Texas Rep. Ron Paul could not dent solid Republican support for Romney. Among Republican voters, Romney won 48 percent; he even held his own with Paul among independents, 32 percent to 30 percent.

The rest: Paul got 23 percent, Jon Huntsman 17 percent, Newt Gingrich 10 percent, Rick Santorum 9 percent and Rick Perry 1 percent.

New Hampshire voters said the most important quality to them was the ability to defeat President Barack Obama, and Romney won an overwhelming 59 percent of those voters.

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Mitt Romney wins New Hampshire. IowaPolitics.Com

Romney’s strong New Hampshire victory comes on the heels of a squeaker in Iowa. He spoke Tuesday night with the confidence of a rare back-to-back winner in the two early contests. “The president has run out of ideas, now he’s run out of excuses,” Romney declared.

A warning sign for Obama: One in five Democratic primary voters chose someone other than the sitting president.


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