Why is Jon Huntsman staying in the race after New Hampshire?
He showed no indication of dropping out. Even though he camped out in NH for the past month and a half, spending most of his money there, and, arguably, doing well in the debate; despite all that, he generated a third place finish, over 50,000 votes behind Mitt Romney; over 14,000 votes behind Ron Paul. He has failed to get on the VA ballot, IL ballot, and the AZ ballot.
I realize the Republican party is a "big tent" party, but his points of view seem so Democrat, I'm not sure where he fits in on any of the 3 legs of conservatism. I could be wrong, but I assumed that if a person felt they were a Republican, they also matched at least 1 leg of conservatism. I suppose fiscally, sort of. He has a decent idea for a tax plan.
The results were immaterial for Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, except for the disappointment of not even picking up a single delegate. They needed to break 10% to get that, and they will both finish with less than 9.5%.
If Rick Perry is to have ANY hope beyond South Carolina, he'd better finish a VERY respectable third place, if not a second place. I just don't see that happening. He might stay in it just to go on a FL vacation on his supporter's dime. I mean, if I could get 1000s of people to donate thousands of dollars so that I could meet & greet people around the state of SC or FL, I'd be on top of that!
Despite what some in the media will say, Mitt Romney had an excellent night. With his 94,252 votes for a 39.4% result (with 95% reporting), he becomes the first non-incumbent to take Iowa and New Hampshire. He broke his percentage from 2008, and he smashed the number of voters McCain got in 2008. McCain had 88,571 votes for 37.1% of the total. Romney had 75,546 for a 31.6% result. (For completeness in 2008: Huckabee (11.2%), Giuliani (8.6%), and Paul (7.7%) rounded out the top 5.)
Can Mitt take a 5 state sweep? The Intrade market thinks so at 76.0%. It all hinges on South Carolina. Whether or not he takes that state, he nearly has Florida locked up with all of the prep work he has done in the state. As you all have heard, good luck follows those who prepare well, and Romney has been the luckiest candidate this cycle.
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