I hadn’t finished eating dinner when an AP alert on my phone told me Mitt Romney had won the New Hampshire primary.
So since then, it’s just been a matter of seeing how they line up behind him.
With 66 percent reporting, Romney has 38 percent, Ron Paul 23 percent, and John Huntsman 17 percent. Which means Huntsman is effectively in second place, since Ron Paul isn’t going to be the nominee. Which was probably about where he needed to be to continue.
Gingrich and Santorum at tied at less than 10 percent. And Rick Perry? Less than 1 percent. He has an explanation for that: “I skipped New Hampshire and aimed my campaign right at conservative South Carolina, where we’ve been campaigning hard and receiving an enthusiastic welcome.”
He and others will be much in evidence henceforth in these parts. Busy day tomorrow. I’m going to try to drop by as many of the following as possible:
- 1:10 p.m. — Rick Perry at Doc’s Barbecue
- 3 p.m. — Jon Huntsman at the Moore School at USC
- 6:10 p.m. — Mitt Romney at The Hall at Senate’s End
- 7 p.m. — Rick Santorum at the Springdale House in Lexington County
Looks like Gingrich doesn’t make it to town until Thursday — when I will be out of town (more about that later).
Here we go again, y’all…