Why Did Romney Win New Hampshire?

ABC News' Matt Dowd and GOP analyst Donna Brazile break down the results.
3:50 | 01/11/12

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Welcome back to our special edition of Nightline your voice your vote and Hampshire primary it's big night for Mitt Romney let's -- in ABC news little consultant mapped out here in New York. And in Manchester -- action. New Hampshire. Democratic strategist Donna Brazil welcome mat Donna what do we make -- this is Mitt runner Mitt Romney now that prohibitive front. I think it's a few things we made its first -- he is different -- that -- he was -- haven't come and when you end up with 3830 and 40% and he ends up with get a bump out of this so. He's now won two in a row. That hasn't happened in a long time last time that happened Gerald Ford 12 Iowa New Hampshire I think it's a big deal. Though there's a lot of lessons we can't apply to South Carolina which is next the first one is 60% of the vote in south Carolina's evangelical. Only 20% of the vote in New Hampshire was evangelicals so that is one issue that he's gonna have to confront that he hasn't had that would last having only -- 15% of the vote. In South Carolina so he's gonna have to deal with back. But I think for all intents and purposes when you look at this history likely publicity that -- -- to battle with Rick Perry Rick Santorum. And Newt Gingrich together got less votes than Ron Paul. And this combat their vote got less votes -- Paul I think the factory ultimately have to deal with is the long slog that Ron Paul is gonna put him through. Ron Paul no matter how soon Mitt Romney -- this thing up is gonna make him have to keep an infrastructure all the way to the end and nobody can -- to get -- Donna what do you make. -- first Somalia as another big challenge to look there's no question here at home court advantage here in New Hampshire. The voters here -- hand. They know his -- in Massachusetts but the Republicans did something. Over the last few days said Dave clearly didn't -- months ago and that -- -- challenge to Mitt Romney on his. Major. Message which is he is a businessman he is a lead and that he can create jobs. Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich Rick Perry did soared into that racket and nothing. Mitt Romney while he's Selena and South Carolina -- you'll have to reconstruct this message. That he's a candidate that knowledge can be -- Barack Obama but that he's a candidate that will bring something different to the table for Republicans. He also lost amounts up within a five independents and didn't do well -- middle class voters a man Romney still has a lot of awards to the -- but lots of this nomination. But -- I wanna pick about semi -- and -- you guys something this this sense that Occupy Wall Street has taken over the Republican candidates -- to listen to what Rick Perry. Had to say about Mitt Romney's tenure as they venture capitalist at Bain Capital. There just vultures. -- vultures that are sitting out there on them on the tree limb -- and further the company to get sick and then they swoop in. They eat the carcass. They leave. With that and they leave the skeleton. Very colorful I actually think somebody should have taken up this -- along time ago a populist Republican had a big time room in this race. To run against big government big Wall Street. Big business is until the last two days of -- -- did that I think Mitt Romney bled some. If you take a look for the folks he had before the last few days he got fifteen points among the people that voted in the last few days this is a message that will work well in South Carolina. If they have the resources and if they have the time and. -- will it work well long term. For the Democrats. There's no question that Democrats will look on -- -- herding -- that -- and make sure that Mitt Romney has what it takes to lead the country. And I can tell you right now he's gone come -- -- the Republicans missed an opportunity to get this message out earlier. All right Donna Brazil -- -- Thanks very much.

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