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Romney's rivals battle for 2nd in N.H. primary

(BOSTON) — CONCORD, N.H.—Mitt Romney battled his Republican presidential rivals and high expectations Tuesday in New Hampshire’s primary, first in the nation and well known for surprise endings.

Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry shared the ballot, competing for political standing as the GOP calendar turns to South Carolina, where the next primary is on Jan. 21.

Huntsman, in particular, staked his candidacy on a strong showing in New Hampshire. Santorum said second place “would be a dream come true.”