WASHINGTON, Jan. 11- Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney became the first Republican non-incumbent to win both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary after his 39 percent win last night. Last night’s win in New Hampshire is considered a relatively easy contest for Romney, compared to the eight-vote difference with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in Iowa.
The New Hampshire Republican presidential primary is the second showdown in the race for the presidential Republican nomination. Ron Paul came in second, followed by Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
Rick Perry skipped campaigning in New Hampshire to focus on the next primary in South Carolina on Jan. 21 and received less than one percent of last night’s votes.
The following are the approximate results of the New Hampshire votes: Romney with 39 percent; Paul in second at 23 percent; Huntsman with third at 17 percent; Gingrich with 9 percent; Santorum with 9 percent.
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