On Jan. 10, the state of New Hampshire held its Republican presidential primaries. It is the second state to go this year, with Iowa starting the race on Jan. 3. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who won the Iowa caucuses by 8 votes, did better in the state neighboring his own, earning 97,532 votes and 39.3 percent of the vote as the results continue to be entered.
Texas congressman Ron Paul took second place with 56,848 votes (22.9 percent), and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman won third place, with 41,945 votes and 16.9 percent after only earning a small part of Iowa’s votes. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania senator finished in a near tie for fourth place, with about 23.4 thousand votes and 9.4 percent each.
Romney will receive seven delegates, Paul three and Huntsman two, only a small portion of the 1,143 delegates needed for a candidate to win the race. Although New Hampshire had almost twice as many delegates, the Republican National Committee reduced the number of delegates the state had as a penalty for scheduling the primaries in January down to 12.
The candidates next travel to South Carolina to campaign in preparation for the state’s Jan. 21 caucus.