John McCain Pulls Out New Hampshire Victory, Romney and Huckabee Follow

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John McCain Pulls Out New Hampshire Victory, Romney and Huckabee Follow Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 9,

Concord, NH ( — As expected, John McCain pulled out a victory in New Hampshire that will likely revive his campaign after taking a hit in Iowa and put him in league to complete with second place finisher Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses. Romney finished in second place and Huckabee came in third in a state that has fewer pro-life voters.

With 88 percent of the precincts reporting, McCain finished with 79,061 votes or 37 percent of the Republican vote. Romney had 67,854 or 32 percent and Huckabee had 23,667 votes or 11 percent.

Rudy Giuliani, whose campaign continued to falter, finished fourth with just nine percent of the vote. Internet sensation Ron Paul could only get the backing of eight percent of Republicans in this very libertarian state.

Fred Thompson, who plans to make a final stand in South Carolina, had just one percent of the vote in a state he abandoned long ago.

Previous reports indicated New Hampshire Republican are not as pro-life as those in Iowa or in upcoming presidential battleground states like Michigan and South Carolina.

Of the 52 percent who say abortion should be legal, 37 percent supported McCain and 33 percent backed Romney. Paul and Giuliani picked up 11 percent each of the pro-abortion vote while only five percent went to Huckabee.

Looking at the 44 percent who are pro-life, McCain picked up 37 percent and Romney 30 percent. Indicating the kind of better support he can expect in upcoming states, Huckabee had 17 percent while Giuliani received just six percent of the pro-life vote and Paul five percent.

Also illustrating how New Hampshire could be an anomaly among Republican voters is how 28 percent of the voters there say they are evangelical Christians. When South Carolina votes on January 19, those percentage will be more than half.

Among evangelicals, Huckabee received 28 percent of the vote, tied with McCain, while Romney had 27 percent.

Like Democrats, Republican voters in New Hampshire said the weekend debates were important and McCain and Romney fared the best among those voters. Huckabee also fared five points better among those who said the debates were important compared to those who said they weren’t.

Looking at other exit polling data, Romney fared better with Republicans who generally have a positive view of the Bush administration and the direction of the country while McCain fared better with those with negative views.