Tuesday, January 10, 2012
New Hampshire Creates Big Expectations, if Little Drama, as GOP Race Wears On - Yahoo! News
REPORT: In a final, frantic day of campaigning before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, the six Republican presidential hopefuls sought to calibrate expectations for a race from which Mitt Romney's healthy lead has sapped much of the late drama.
Romney's New Hampshire lead has held firm, forcing his rivals to jockey for position with each other as the former Massachusetts governor coasts toward what is likely to be a comfortable victory. The race has tightened slightly in its closing week, but Romney boasts a double-digit lead in every poll, with 33% in Monday's daily Suffolk University tracking survey, a 13-point lead over Ron Paul, his nearest competitor. Rivals seized Monday on Romney's comment that he "likes being able to fire people" -- which, taken out of context, dovetails neatly into attacks on his record running Bain Capital -- but the barrage of criticism is almost certainly too late to jeopardize his edge in the Granite State. Romney doesn't need to win in a "landslide," as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Romney surrogate, said this week. But an unexpected nail-biter could dampen the case for his inevitability
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