You may have noticed the lack of a post-New Hampshire update here. Why, I hear you asking? Well, it has something to do with the fact that little to no news was actually made on election night in the Granite State. After leading in the polls for months, Mitt Romney (who owns a home in New Hampshire) won the first-in-the-nation primary with 39% of the vote, more than sixteen percentage points over second-place finisher Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who ended up with 23%.
Former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who had staked his hopes on New Hampshire came in third with just under 17%. Huntsman had spent months campaigning in New Hampshire, and in the week since the Iowa caucuses, had hoped to pull a Rick Santorum, making Romney fight for a win in his own backyard. Unfortunately for the Huntsman camp, there was no late-in-the-game massive surge towards Huntsman, leaving the candidate walking wounded as he heads to South Carolina.
Ron Paul’s surprisingly strong second-place finish in New Hampshire has left many asking what will become of the movement candidate who almost certainly will not end up being the party’s nominee. While Rick Perry will go back to governing Texas, Newt Gingrich will go back to writing books and lecturing, and Jon Huntsman will try to get speaking gigs at Americans Elect events, Ron Paul has not been one to go quietly off to lick his wounds. Famously, Congressman Paul held a dueling convention in 2008, mere miles from the Republican nominating convention in Saint Paul, MN. This time around, however, Ron Paul has gained more attention, in part due to the change in GOP primaries which now awards delegates on a proportional basis rather than the old winner-take-all model. While Paul has almost no chance of becoming the nominee, his role in this contest is far from over, as he remains one of the few candidates with the organization necessary to keep pulling in delegates in order to be a presence at the GOP convention in Tampa, FL.