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Romney's Early Victory 'Not Healthy,' 'Disappointing'

Not all state officials were cheering "Mitt!" on Tuesday.

As Mitt Romney and his supporters filled the Southern New Hampshire University campus with cheers of approval Tuesday night, many state GOP officials said they were "puzzled" and upset at the former Massachusetts governor's early victory.

Jack Kimball, the former head of the state GOP, said he was "not surprised" at the win, although he said that didn't stop the timing of the outcome — declared at 8 p.m. with only 9 percent of the precincts reporting — and the outcome itself from being a "disappointment."

"It's not a healthy victory," said Kimball, a Newt Gingrich supporter. "There's still room here. Romney may have won here tonight, but it's not a healthy victory. He really didn't close a deal here yet.

"If Mitt comes out with only a 10-point win, it's not that substantial. There's still some wiggle room now."

Jerry DeLemus, chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC, a tea party group, also said he wasn't pleased with the Romney win, even if he saw it coming.

"I'm not surprised," said DeLemus, a Rick Santorum supporter. "New Hampshire is not a socially-conservative state... He's been running since the '90s, so he's got great name recognition."

DeLemus said it was difficult to listen to Romney's "insincere comments" during the primary victory speech because he said many of his remarks about "America and all that" don't hold much water because Romney snubbed Granite State tea party groups over the last year and DeLemus said he felt the candidate ignored their views.

Chris Buck, an active Republican leader from Dover and a Buddy Roemer campaign coordinator, was also shocked at the quick victory announcement, although he disagreed that Romney's margin of victory gives hope for his opponents.

"I'm a little disappointed it wasn't a lower percentage because that would've left the door open for other candidates to come in and help drag the race out longer," said Buck. "That would've benefited all of the other candidates like Gingrich, Santorum and Roemer."

He said Romney taking polling percentages in the high 30s vastly reduced the chances for the other candidates, as he said he does "not see it possible" for a "coalition of greater than 40 percent" of remaining GOP voters selecting an "alternative to Romney."

What do you think? Were you happy or disappointed with the quick victory announcement? Tell us in the comments!

LJoel Hackbart January 30, 2012 at 05:31 AM
BTW If your spelling of my name is a typo, cool. I've been known to pull a few of those myself. If on the other hand you are attempting to mock me, be careful. Your last name leaves you wide open.
Jan Schmidt January 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM
How can one person either be so full of lies or be so easily misled? TT you apparently reject fact...
ForThePeople January 31, 2012 at 12:09 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/low-iq-conservative-beliefs-linked-prejudice-180403506.html This article not only correlates low IQ with conservatives, it also correlates racism. http://www.seattlepi.com/national/article/CBS-fires-Don-Imus-for-racist-sexist-remark-1234188.php Remember this? Don Imus will sell airtime by inflaming the masses with hate, but he should look in the mirror first because he was *fired* from his day job.
LJoel Hackbart January 31, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Yes H.P. Imus joins a long list of moderates like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill Oreilly,Glen Beck, and Ann Couilter in making fine mercilessly objective statements about President Obama. So when Don Imus speaks in such a statesman- like manner-"Obama is the only person I know who should quit his day job", 300 million americans should automatically accept it as gospel. Sarcasm intended.
Seamus Carty January 31, 2012 at 01:27 PM
"turds"? You are criticizing another poster for using the wrong term (Democrat vs. Democratic) by calling names? Priceless...

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