By WGBH News
Jan. 11, 2012
BOSTON — The day after winning the New Hampshire GOP primary with more than 39 percent of the vote, Mitt Romney is saying he has an uphill climb in South Carolina. But analyst Dante Scala sees a long coast downhill for the former Massachusetts governor.
"It looks very likely that once again, a favorite son of New Hampshire is about to become the nominee of the Republican party," he says — following in the footsteps of John McCain all the way back to Ike. "I would say that New Hampshire Republicans used their leverage once again to put forward one of their own for the nomination."
Romney did well among all segment of the Republican party in the state, Scala noted — including Tea Partiers. "Across the board, everyone seemed in line for Romney."
The only question, Scala thinks, is whether they'll line up in November.
Turnout in New Hampshire and Iowa was even or up just a little from the 2008 go-round and Scala felt the mood in the Granite State was relatively unenthused. "That's one thing that's a little troubling for Republicans," he says. "One question going forward is what's the level of excitement among Republican voters."
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