With 74 percent of the votes reported, New Hampshire belongs to Mitt Romney, who leads with 38.1% of the vote.
The thing that amazes me most is that the difference isn’t bigger, and the spread isn’t wider. Ron Paul has 23.5%, Jon Huntsman (Jon Huntsman ?!) 16.7%, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum almost tied with 9.8% and 9.7% respectively, Rick Perry with (‘scuse me while I suppress a guffaw) 0.7%, and a miscellany of votes for people even lower than that. Their vote percentages, I mean… in human terms, few people alive are lower than Mitt Romney. Just ask his dog.
These are not the votes of a party converging on a consensus candidate. And Jeebus, look at what “super” PACs spent just in the last week before the primary:
1 Jon Huntsman $220,000.00 2 Mitt Romney $101,537.26 3 Newt Gingrich $108,982.00 4 Rick Santorum $202,701.17 5 Ron Paul $331,353.80
That’s almost a million dollars in what I may, without apology, call Citizens United money, in the last week. And they’re already pouring it in to South Carolina.
All that money, and no real change in support for GOP candidates. Again, the real winner of this primary was… yes… Barack Obama. And sooner or later, even GOP candidates will have to go on a (money) diet.