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Mitt Romney Hopes for New Hampshire Boost

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Marian Schwaller Carney, 54, a pastor who also works in sales, was previously high on Herman Cain and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who have since exited the race. After attending a Santorum town hall meeting in her hometown of Dublin on Friday, she’s leaning toward the former Senator, although she concedes there is still a chance she might vote for Romney.

“Iowa caught my attention,” Schwaller Carney said. “This man is presidential, whatever that means, and I didn’t really used to think that.”

Paul’s events were marked by large, enthusiastic crowds and a quality mostly absent from those of his competitors: young people. Even Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the candidate’s son, drew nearly 500 people at a Saturday town hall meeting.

Ron Paul supporters have remained positive about the progress of the campaign, despite the Congressman’s lower- than-expected finish in Iowa and the fact that most polls have shown him to have a ceiling of about 20 percent.

Ann Buckman, a 27-year-old from Manchester who works in manufacturing, said Paul’s ideas “are spreading like wildfire,” which is just as important to her as whether the Congressman wins.

Buckman added that she believes Paul is “the only one that can beat Obama because the rest of the candidates really represent the status quo, and they’re not much different from him. ... I think the [campaign] is going great.”

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