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Excitement for Romney Despite Finish

GOP candidate Mitt Romney greets voters Tuesday at the Hood Middle School polling station in Derry, New Hampshire. (Getty Images)

By Juliet Eilperin
BEDFORD, N.H.--When it comes to campaign accoutrements, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney can declare victory already.

Upon entering the C.R Sparks Event Center--the site of the GOP presidential hopeful's New Hampshire election night headquarters--supporters can pick up oversized red foam mitts with "Mitt '08" emblazoned on them, along with matching red balloon thundersticks designed to make the maximum amount of noise once the TV cameras start filming the scene.

"They're a great way to rally our folks," said Romney spokesman Tim Albrecht, adding that while "other campaigns have their own rally gear," theirs is superior. "It's got Governor Romney's name on it, so of course."

Londonderry resident Carol Ayotte, a Romney volunteer along with her husband, reported she's now "energized" after standing all day outside of Londonderry High School with a Romney sign and a ready spiel on her candidate's behalf.

"I actually managed to convert six people," she said, pausing to rephrase her comment with fewer religious overtones. "Convince them."

David Myhall, Romney's Ohio finance director, flew in for the day and said he was confident the campaign could raise significant funds whether he finished first or second in New Hampshire tonight.

"People are excited after Iowa," he said. "Since the first of the year, people are settling in, realizing, 'We've got to make a decision and get money behind the right candidate."

And that candidate, in Myhall's eyes, is the one with the red thundersticks.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 8, 2008; 8:12 PM ET
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This guy just can`t stop misrepresenting the facts. Unbelievable !

Posted by: eSPO1 | January 10, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Mitt is actually leading in delegates so far, has won Wyoming, which had more delgates than NH and is at the top in all three first primaries. There is no doubt he would've liked to come in first, but at the same time, his strategy was based on Rudy's continued national popularity. With that practically gone, he can stick it out till SuperTuesday. We'll see how Michigan goes, Mitt has more economic expertise than anyone in the race, and he's going to need to connect with people and touch on his Michigan roots. If there's one thing we've learned that you shouldn't count out someone...just ask Hillary.

Posted by: braddahmj | January 9, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Go Romney Go when you make the libs squirm Win or Not at least you know your on the right track.

Posted by: Imarkex | January 8, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, jpbldrs?

Well, I'm gonna TrashTalk Yo Oboma! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | January 8, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"I actually managed to convert six people,"

I wonder how many McCain signs she "converted" into Romney signs. Did you see the youtube video where campaing workers were pulling up McCains signs? Reprehensible.

Romney is not the man for the job. He is a flip-flopper and a snake-oil salesman.

The only way he has come so far already is by changing his stance on issues to fit his current surroundings.

Tell him to pack his magic underwear and go home.

Posted by: jpbldrs | January 8, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Two supreme pleasures in life.
One is ideal, the other is real. Romney is ideal good enough to receive the seals of office of the White House, and real on the strong base of home and family-centered value good enough to govern the people of USA.
What are the most effectual means of preserving peace and prosperity? One of them is the quality and capability of the leader for any society or nation.
Mitt Romney is our best worker. We are the masters for a very long time to come with the faithful worker.

Posted by: skna38 | January 8, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Bob2, if it weren't for idiotic attitudes like yours, the republicans would already have a star candidate.

Posted by: supernovia | January 8, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Like everything else about Romney's campaign, he is trying to buy the *appearance* of excitement about his campaign.

I also wonder how many of his campaign workers are his fellow cult members, doing it to ingratiate themselves with the Heavenly Father (and a free trip to star system Kolob!).

Posted by: B2O2 | January 8, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Go Mitt Go Tom Tancredos endorsement means alot to conservatives in Texas

Posted by: Imarkex | January 8, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Chasmosuar-LOL! I believe it was Neuters, who reported results from two tiny Caucases that opened at Midnight, and had around twenty voters totalled! They announced the results as the winners!

Talk about wanting to lose all credibility!

Posted by: rat-the | January 8, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney was alot closer to the two different winners in two very Democratic States, than the Winners in the other state were to the Close Second placer!
In other words, Mitt has a Solid base, McCain has bought the New Hamsterians with Military Pork and Union Ties, while Huck ran short on Religious Sect Members BIG TIME!

BUT, Now for again that Nagging Reality Check!

TWICE as many Socialists! The Dimocrat Socialists are Drubbing the GOPbers!

I have said it so many times I am about to abandon the GOPbers if they don't listen up, and listen up FAST! Nobody like being on a BADLY losing side!

TEAM UP! INDIVIDUALLY, you are just going to keep getting Smoked by the united against Bush Legacy crowd! The dude has been blamed for everything from Death to Taxes! He is quite possibly, "The most Hated Man in the World"!
I know he has had a lot of help. But, any Political Realist KNOWS, most Americans can not tell anyone who their worthless Congressmen even are! MUCH less, what they have done to them!
Then, MOST of the grief I am sufferring from, was initiated by Slick Willie, and bushie is too dense to see the problems they have caused!

And the Representatives On the Hill March in Step, Singing "Dee Dee Dee!"

Posted by: rat-the | January 8, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Can someone from the press PLEASE explain why elections are called when less than 20% of precincts are reporting?

I'm just trying to figure out the math here. There's a lot more votes to come in...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 8, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

It worked for the Anaheim Angels!! Can Mitt borrow their Rally Monkey too?

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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