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Romney’s New Hampshire Victory Sets Stage for South Carolina

Mitt Romney cemented his status as the Republican presidential front-runner yesterday with a win in the New Hampshire primary that left rivals fighting for a chance to derail his march to the nomination as the race moves south.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who won the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses by eight votes, finished 16 percentage points ahead of his nearest competitor in New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary. U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas was second and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. claimed third.