After finally ending my Gonzo period at 12 noon with 3 hours of sleep (during which fingers Mallow said I only snored for 15 minutes) I grabbed Stacy McCann back in Hollis and we are now at the Derryfield Restaurant where the Rick Santorum “party” etc is going on.
I’ve parked myself in the filing area along with Stacy where I’ve talked to the Owner, he says the guests are polarized either far left or right. I asked if anyone has been talking about Huntsman, and you would think I was talking about Emmanuel Kant at a football game.
In my Under the fedora piece I’ve already predicted the line 1. Romney, Paul, Huntsman, Santorum but things I’ve seen since convince me that Santorum might move up a spot, in fact I’ve actually made a bet with Michael Graham on 96.9 that will involve me winning a dinner if Santorum manages to finish 3rd or better.
Expect updates after I eat some of this first-rate food!
Update: Captain Ed is next to me along with two charming young reporters from CBS and the Washington Post the mood in the place is cautiously upbeat. In the TV reporter area all are awaiting more solid news and chowing on the buffet laid out, a mistake since the primary menu is just so damn tasty.
With 7% in the order is Romney, Paul Huntsman Gingrich and Santorum thus far per USA today. Would love to see where those numbers are coming from.
Update 2: Romney wins, to nobody’s surprise but consider this. the media market for NH is Boston. Only Massachusetts residents know Mitt better than New Hampshire voters and with that knowledge less than 2 in 5 GOP voters were willing to support him if these numbers hold up.
Update 3: Exit polls show Romney winning all demographics except for Democrats (Huntsman 41%) Independents (Paul 31%) and 17-29 (Paul 46%) One important point. A significant point that will make a huge difference in Republican Primaries that involve….Republicans. Santorum and Paul tie for second actual republicans.
Update 4: Further coverage on twitter by Ed Morrissey and Stacy McCain
Update 5: Santorum just spoke repeating this themes of manufacturing and faith. As the numbers continue to come as I watch Rick and Newt continue to trade 4th & 5th place I can’t help but think that his position on SOPA was the difference between a solid 4th and a long night waiting for the count to finish.
Update 6: Roxeanne comments on her site:
Having learned absolutely nothing about nominating electable moderates to represent the conservatives of America in the general election, the people of New Hampshire have happily handed a second primary win to Mitt Romney.
Of all the people I spoke to who supported Mitt Romney in the state only two did not give the “best chance to beat Obama” reason for their vote.