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SITTING PRETTY Mitt Holds Huge Lead in NH Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Mitt Holds Huge Lead in NH

New Hampshire's primary is still a day away, but candidates—and some journalists—are already leaving for South Carolina. Rick Perry went straight to the state after Iowa, and calls it his “Alamo.” The journalists normally cramming New Hampshire hotels this time of year have packed their bags: Tom Brokaw and Gail Collins have both gone south. The exodus is largely thanks to Mitt Romney's commanding lead. After being seemingly stuck at 25 percent of likely voters, Romney now gets 35 percent, with Ron Paul coming in second with 18. His lead is even stronger in South Carolina, with 37 percent according to a recent CNN poll, double digits ahead of the second-place Rick Santorum, who came in at 19 percent.

January 9, 2012 6:05 AM