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New Hampshire voting tonight for Republican GOP candidate

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 3:51pm

The votes are finally being cast tonight in New Hampshire.

Based on pre-vote polling, Mitt Romney looks like the sure winner, but who comes in second and third and emerge as the top Romney challengers will be a big story.

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman surged to third in New Hampshire's final tracking poll.

He's looking at the next primary.

"South Carolina will light up because we will have proved that very important point of electability," Huntsman predicted.

Surveys showed Ron Paul in second place before the actual vote, but many eyes are on Rick Santorum, who nearly won in iowa.

Will he emerge as the top conservative?

Or will Newt Gingrich regain his spot as the alternative to Romney?

Romney assumes he'll win here, but a weakness emerged when he said "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me" during an appearance on Monday.

He meant insurance companies, but Romney rivals claim he'd admitted he got rich raiding weak companies and laying off workers.

"Waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass," Rick Perry said of Bain Capital, Romney's former firm.

If Romney wins, he'll be the first non-incumbent Republican ever to win New Hampshire after winning Iowa.

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