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Romney looks ahead; Huntsman celebrates 3rd place finish
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As he celebrates his win in the New
Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney is focusing on the themes that he
intends to use against President Barack Obama.
Romney told supporters that the nation's middle class "has been
crushed" in the past three years. He said the nation's "debt is
too high and our opportunities too few."
In advance of the vote count, Romney's rivals were hoping only
to limit his margin of victory, with some suggesting that anything
short of 40 percent would be a setback for him. With about half the
vote counted, Romney had 37 percent of the vote, followed by Ron
Paul with 23 percent and Jon Huntsman with 17 percent.
With Romney and Paul clearly running one-two in the polls
leading up to New Hampshire, third place appeared to be the best
that any of the others could hope for. And Huntsman told supporters
that his third-place finish showed that he's "in the hunt."