Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary.
It means together with last week’s win in Iowa, Romney has taken a crucial step towards the Republican presidential nomination.
He is the first non-incumbent to win both states and bodes well for the next contest in South Carolina.
In his victory speech he took a swipe at President Obama, criticising him for failing to deliver over the last few years.
“Thank you New Hampshire – tonight we made history,” Romney told appreciative supporters. “We do remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago, He promised to bring people together, he promised to change the broken system in Washington, he promised to improve out nation – those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed president.”
Romney could now find it easier to convince sceptics that he is the party’s best choice to take on Obama although second placed Ron Paul is still in the running.
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