First Iowa. Then New Hampshire. Can Mitt Romney make it 3-0 and win the third early vote state, South Carolina on Jan. 21?
Polls indicate he can, although Newt Gingrich and a secretive committee supporting him are pulling out the stops to defeat Romney before Florida's crucial primary on Jan. 31. Romney's got momentum. No other candidate has won Iowa, New Hampshire.
Before that happens, the political death watch begins for the campaigns of Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry (the former before South Carolina, the latter after if he doesn't win). Rick Santorum isn't yet in critical condition. Gingrich is perilously close to getting in an ambulance. Ron Paul looks invincible right now, but not in a way that bespeaks of victory.
Here's AP on tonight's foregone-conclusion-of-a-Romney win:
CONCORD, N.H. -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, adding to a first-place finish in last week's Iowa caucuses and establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul led former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman for second place, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailing.
Returns from the first 11 percent of the state's precincts showed Romney with 36 percent of the vote, followed by Paul with 25 percent and Huntsman with 17 percent.
Former House Speaker Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum had 11 percent and 10 percent respectively.