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US:Vote counting to start soon in New Hampshire

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vote counting will begin soon in the US state of New Hampshire in the race to choose the Republican Party’s nominee for the US presidential election.

Ballot stations in central Manchester and other cities and towns in the state will close at 8 PM on Tuesday.

Polls released one day before the primary show that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney remains the front-runner with 37 percent. The moderate Republican still has a sizable lead over the other candidates, although the margin is shrinking.

Congressman Ron Paul, an advocate of small government, came second with 18 percent, followed by former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, with 16 percent.

Huntsman skipped the Iowa caucuses and focused his campaign in New Hampshire.

Support for former Senator Rick Santorum stood at 11 percent. He has failed to build momentum from his close second finish to Romney in Iowa.

A back-to-back win in New Hampshire would give a boost to Romney’s campaign. His rivals are stepping up their attacks on the front-runner.

The preliminary results of the primary are expected by around 10 PM on Tuesday.



Laaska News.