|New Hampshire Primary Results
||[Jan. 8th, 2008|10:33 pm]
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On the Democratic side, Clinton barely squeezed by Obama to take a projected first place, followed by Obama in second and Edwards in third. Edwards says he's staying in, but watch for Gravel, who got fewer votes than Biden, who is no longer running, to drop out shortly.
On the Republican side, McCain came in first, followed by Romney in second and Huckabee in third. Watch for Thompson and Hunter to drop out soon. Paul and Giuliani will probably stay the course through the end, because they're nutty that way.
Conventional wisdom was turned on its head with an unexpected upset on the Democratic side. Everyone thought Obama would win New Hampshire the way he won Iowa, but Clinton came out of nowhere for the top spot. It's hard to say if this is a Northeastern anomaly, the beginning of a national sweep, or just the first signs that the demon "electability" has taken hold with the Democrats the way it always does. That would be too bad, because this misguided idea of who is electable and who is not is what cost the Democrats the last presidential election.
McCain's win is less of a surprise. The religious right doesn't have a hold in New Hampshire, but they love anyone who is considered a maverick. Remember, New Hampshire is the "Live Free or Die" state. What's harder to judge is Romney's second place position. Will this translate into national momentum, or is it because of local politics, since Romney is the governor of the state next door?
Things are getting really interesting!