The Associated Press called The New Hampshire Primary for Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday night:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, adding to a first-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucuses and establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination
Texas Rep. Ron Paul led former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman for second place, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailing.
Returns from the first 13 percent of the state’s precincts showed Romney with 36 percent of the vote, followed by Paul with 24 percent and Huntsman with 18 percent.
Former House Speaker Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum had 10 percent and 9 percent respectively.
While Romney’s win was not unexpected, here are some interesting stats that came in from CNN about New Hampshire the primary voters. Of all the New Hampshire primary voters who went to the polls on Tuesday, 54% were men. The bulk of the voters by age group was between 45 and 64 with 48% of voters in that age demographic coming to the polls in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
45% of registered Independents voted in New Hampshire as did 53% of registered Republicans, while 2% was unregistered before until primary day. However, 52% considered themselves very or somewhat conservative, while 13% considered themselves very or somewhat liberal. Moderates made up 35% of New Hampshire primary voters in this exit polling data.
Interestingly, not only did Romney, a Mormon, get the majority of Catholic voters in this poll (42%), Former Senator Rick Santorum, a devout Roman Catholic, received a little more Protestant support (13%) than Catholic support (10%). Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Catholic, also received more support from Protestants than from New Hampshire Catholic voters.