POLL: Who Would You Vote For in the NH GOP Primary?

Race is close, tell us how you would decide it.

The Republican race for a presidential candidate is heating up. The New Hampshire primary is only hours away and the caucus in Iowa slimmed down the potential presidential nominations with Michele Bachmann dropping out of the race after getting just 5 percent of the vote (6,073 ballots).

Mitt Romney took the caucus with a needle-thin win over Rick Santorum, gathering just eight more ballots. Romney had 24.6 percent of the vote (30,015 ballots) with Santorum in a surprising second with 24.5 percent (30,007 ballots).

Both Newt Gingrich and dark horse candidate, Ron Paul, continue to nip at the heels of Romney and Santorum. Paul got a respectful 21.4 percent of the vote (26,219 ballots) with Gingrich providing a bigger gap at 13.3 percent (16,251 ballots) in Iowa.

Rick Perry managed only 10.3 percent (12,604 ballots) with Jon Huntsman getting hardly any support at all with just .6 percent of the vote (745 ballots).

With this news coming in from Iowa and New Hampshire on the horizon, Patch wanted to ask our readers:

If you were voting in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, which candidate would garner your support?

Take the poll and add any thoughts you may have on the race, the candidates, the issues and what you expect in November below in our comments section.

For up to the minute Primary Day coverage, visit our Concord, NH Patch site.

x January 13, 2012 at 04:41 AM
In an email Editor Chris Tanquay wrote: "A lively debate is always welcome, but please let's remember to be respectful of other people's opinions." Apparently he wrote this in response to the string of polite commentary above. Readers can jump to one or two conclusions.... ConcordPatch and all the other XXXXXPatch's have the luxury of so many readers and advertisers they can afford to discourage reasonable political debate in favor of political correctness. Or... Chris' own political sensibilities have been offended, and some of us are being scolded. Perhaps we are not being 'progressive'. In any case, there are other venues... see you there. Your spiritual advisor, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Christopher Tanguay January 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
To be clear, that was not an email sent to any one specific person. That was a comment I made here, on this article (so everyone who has commented here probably received it). I then thought better of it, agreeing with you, Rev., that some may have seen it as discouraging. So I took it down not long after I put it up. It wasn't directed at anyone in particular, and did not point to a specific name or comment, it was simply a request to be respectful of one another, as political debates can often become heated. That's all. Everyone is free to speak their mind here.
Cathy Kurkjian January 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Dear spiritual advisor Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III, Thank you for lifting my spirits by "saying it like it is". Hope you share more of your thoughts. . . Take care, Catherine Kurkjian
Fred Civian January 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Getting a good chuckle from Republican friends' comments, from pretending that the prior administration's problems somehow disappeared to calls for "regime" change in the US (they don't thank the "right" reverend for nothin'.) The danger signs for Republicans have to do with turnout: it looks like fewer are participating in the presidential primary process than in 2008. Given the heated rhetoric I would have expected more enthusiasm.
Colin P. Varga January 17, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Santorum is against much of my core values but I find him to be the best candidate because of his character and consistency. It's ironic that the GOP has spent the last several years purging or trying to purge "moderates" like Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Dick Luger but now is embracing a "moderate" Mitt Romney for president whose views are (or have been) closer to Pres. Obama than any of the other GOP candidates.


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