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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains up huge in New Hampshire in a poll conduced before the results of the Iowa GOP caucuses were known. Romney gets 43 percent of the Suffolk University tracking poll of New Hampshire, which combined 250 interviews of likely Republican voters over Monday and Tuesday. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who finished third in Iowa gets 14 percent as the only other candidate in double digits. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 9 percent and former Ambassador and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman finished with 7.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the big surprise in Iowa, gets 6 percent in the poll, which is double his typical score in the New Hampshire polling over the last few months.

Suffolk pollsters said the race was still moving. “The percentage of voters remaining undecided has increased three points, to 16 percent, suggesting that voters are reevaluating the second tier of contenders,” they wrote.

“The decline of Huntsman and Paul vote counts are primarily responsible for the spike in the undecided count,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in a release. “This means that some voters who previously supported Huntsman and Paul are now undecided. While these voters may ultimately return to Huntsman and Paul, they may also be looking to reevaluate the field post-Iowa caucus to determine the maximum impact for their respective votes.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won last night in Iowa, but did he also lose?

For Romney, New Hampshire remains as close as a sure thing as one can have in this incredibly fluid primary process. He's polling in the low forties there with the other candidates relegated to fighting for scraps. But caucus night in Iowa exposed Romney's most fatal flaw: enthusiasm, or rather a lack thereof.

Romney's support has a low ceiling, and no matter if he can knock down one conservative candidate (as he did with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich) another one will pop up to be the non-Romney (former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum). And we saw from last night's results that the non-Romney candidate is real -- Santorum nearly tripled his support in a matter of weeks.

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The remaining Republican candidates are starting to weigh in on Michel Bachmann’s decision to “stand aside.” Jon Huntsman said, “I wish Michele Bachamnn nothing but the best.”

And Mitt Romney wished Bachmann the best, saying: “She was a great candidate. We’ll miss her.”

Goodbye, Iowa. Hello, New Hampshire.

Today, the GOP primary campaign shifts from the Hawkeye to the Granite state, after Romney's 8-vote win in Iowa. Here are the 10 things you need to know.

  • McCain to travel to New Hampshire to endorse Romney: John McCain, who beat Mitt Romney in New Hampshire in 2008, will travel to the Granite State Wednesday to endorse Romney. This is a huge endorsement and could help Romney further construct his image as the 'inevitable nominee.'


  • Romney takes victory lap on morning news shows: Reading the results in Iowa shows both Romney's strengths and weaknesses. On Good Morning America Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos discussed those results with Romney: he won in more urban counties but lost the rural ones -- even counties he won in 2008. And voters who wanted a true conservative went with Paul or Santorum, while voters who prioritized beating President Obama picked Romney. Romney is acting like the winner, however, continuing to attack President Obama.


  • Will Iowa finish boost Santorum in New Hampshire?: The question for Rick Santorum is if he can indeed convert his Iowa showing into momentum in New Hampshire. A CNN poll showed a small uptick for Santorum among Iowa caucus-watchers, from 5% to 10%. He has a lot of ground to make up in the state, however, given Romney's at 43% there. The poll showed the Iowa caucus results didn't change New Hamphire voters' opinions of any other candidates.


  • As we pivot to New Hampshire, Romney has huge lead: Mitt Romney remains firmly in control in the first primary state with the latest poll from Suffolk University/7News giving him 43% of the vote. This is the first time Jon Huntsman has placed third, with 10%. He needs to do something quick if he wants to have an impact. Santorum, who will try to bring his momentum to NH, was at 5% before the Iowa caucuses.


  • Perry is rethinking his run: Rick Perry had planned to move straight to campaigning in South Carolina on Wednesday. Instead, he is heading back to Texas to rethink his plan to stay in the race after a disappointing fifth place finish "with a little prayer and reflection."


  • Rumors Bachmann may drop out of race: Though Bachmann gave an uplifting speech to supporters Tuesday night, sources told the Associated Press that she was being encouraged by top advisors to drop out of the race after her 6th place finish. Could Iowa have eliminated one, possibly two candidates?


  • Pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC prepares attacks on Romney: After a 4th place finish in Iowa, pro-Newt super PAC Winning Our Future is preparing to go negative against Romney. Prepare for a nasty ad war in the days ahead: "We're going to define Mitt Romney... Seventy-five per cent of our party does not want him," an advisor to the PAC said.
  • Newt takes the fight to New Hampshire with new ad: Newt Gingrich's campaign has a full page ad in New Hampshire's Union Leader today, comparing himself against Mitt Romney. In two columns, the ad depicts Newt as the true, Reagan-style conservative and compares the candidates' records. Newt's New Hampshire bus tour starts today.


  • Democrats claim they won in Iowa: The Obama camp is pushing the message that they -- not Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney -- won in Iowa: With over 25,000 voters turning out to caucus for Obama, "We knew that the Iowa caucus was an opportunity to test our campaign organization and expand our volunteer base as we move toward November, and we're overwhelmed with the results."


  • DNC says Republicans emerge weaker after Iowa caucuses: Messaging coming from the DNC and Obama campaign says that the GOP field is weaker after Iowa. An email to supporters from Campaign Manager Jim Messina claimed that the virtual three-way tie means voters "couldn't decisively get behind anyone." But the field is also weaker, argues a Priorities USA Action memo, because the candidates embraced the Tea Party's agenda which will hurt them overall.

After a tweet from the Perry campaign, sources confirmed to CNN that Rick Perry will continue his campaign in South Carolina. After coming in fifth place in Iowa, Perry announced he would reconsider his campaign. It appears that reconsideration was quick.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may be out of the GOP Presidential race, but she’s fine with it, she said in a speech bowing out of the contest. “I have no regrets, none whatsoever,” she told the media, saying “I look forward to the next chapter in God’s plan” adding that Republicans “must rally around the person that our country, and our party, and our people decide to be the standardbearer.”

Speaking in Iowa, Michele Bachmann announced: “I have decided to step aside” so that we can take back our country “united.”



Last night the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice and so I have decided to stand aside.


Watch video of Bachmann’s farewell here:



Speaking in Iowa, Michele Bachmann describes the passage of health care reform as the moment she decided to run for President, because it threatens the survival of the American republic. She will continue to fight for it’s repeal in Congress.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said she began her presidential campaign because of the passage of President Obama’s health care law which she said would chip away at America’s social fabric.

“Obamacare violates our fundamental liberties,” she said, going on to describe the law as something the Founding Fathers would have looked down on, and by extention God, who she said the Founders were inspired by.

“A Politician I have never been, nor will hope to be,” she said, ending her run for the highest office in the land.

After saying on Tuesday night after his fifth-place finish in Iowa that he will rethink his campaign, Rick Perry hints over Twitter that it’s not over yet:



And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!! yfrog.com/odz8ujrj

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