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Will any GOP hopefuls drop out of the race since Mitt Romney sailed to easy victory in New Hampshire? Remember, Michele Bachmann fled after a poor showing in Iowa. Here’s a look at where the rest of the field stands, and who might be next to bail.
Ron Paul finished a clear second, and spoke off the cuff about defending civil liberties. He defended today’s attacks on Romney’s business practices and the former governor’s “I like to fire people” comment that went viral today. Much has been made of Paul’s young following, and with them, he’ll continue on in the race.
Newt Gingrich experienced tremendous blowback today after receiving a $5 million cash infusion into his super PAC from billionaire Sheldon Adelson. After the New Hampshire results were announced, Benjy Sarlin from Talking Points Memo tweeted that Gingrich HQ had a few journalists around but otherwise, crickets. When speaking, Gingrich reminded the TV cameras and folks in living rooms of his job-creation record.
If last-place Perry or Santorum pulled out, it wouldn't be a surprise.
Even a solid week of media attention lavished on Rick Santorum couldn’t help him in New Hampshire. He reached just 10 percent there, at last report. Perhaps his early South Carolina presence can help him. CNN’s John King says the Palmetto State may be more open to Santorum’s conservative values.
Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins speculates about whether Jon Huntsman Sr.’s gravy train can keep his son in the race. Huntsman HQ sure was optimistic about third place. His foreign-policy experience earned him a few New Hampshire supporters.
Sarah Palin told Fox News tonight that Rick Perry will not drop out, and still has plenty of cash. Perry finished last in New Hampshire—literary at 1 percent, according to our colleague, David Frum—after having packed up his ship to head early to South Carolina.
The post-primary spin predicts that no candidate will drop out based on tonight’s performance, but if last-place Perry or Santorum pulled out, it wouldn't be a surprise.
In underdog, unofficial-candidate news, gay-rights activist Fred Karger tweeted that he’s in eighth place while Bachmann’s Brain tweeted that “Write In” nabbed only .3 percent fewer votes than Rick Perry.
Harry Reid Is Going ‘Nuclear’ in July
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IRS Chief Grilled by House Committee
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ON THE CASE
Congress: Were We Duped by the IRS?
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OUT WITH THE OLD
Holder: Email Searches Need a Warrant
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House Reaches Deal on Immigration
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On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.
The Daily Beast’s map of the Electoral College results—updated live as they come in.
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