mitt romney*As expected by most political observers, Mitt Romney won an easy victory Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, taking a broad stride toward capturing the GOP presidential nomination.

Now the scene shifts south to South Carolina and Florida for a pair of potentially make-or-break contests.

Romney’s win, forecast by the television networks from exit polls almost immediately after voting ended, gives him a one-two sweep in the early balloting of the 2012 campaign, a first for any Republican apart from a sitting president.

Meanwhile, coming in second place is Texas Congressman Ron Paul and John Huntsman placing a disappointing third.

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