Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney comfortably won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, gaining momentum as the frontrunner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Financial Times reports. Romney, who was expected to win the contest, captured over 39 per cent of the vote, prevailing by a significant margin over Ron Paul, the libertarian Texas congressman, who came in second with nearly 23 per cent. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor, who had pinned his campaign on a strong show in New Hampshire, came in third with nearly 17 per cent. Rick Santorum, who had trailed Romney by a mere eight votes in the Iowa caucuses last week, seized only nine per cent of the vote, coming in fifth after former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, who won 10 per cent.
Romney wins New Hampshire primary
Rick Santorum comes in fourth with a mere nine per cent of the vote
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