It was a good night for Mitt Romney. He finished first. And he made history.
Romney became the first non-incumbent Republican to win both the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries.
During his primary night victory speech, Romney went straight after President Obama. He described the current American landscape saying the middle class has been crushed, the debt is too high, and the opportunities are too few.
Romney said the President “wakes up everyday and looks out at America and is proud to announce it could be worse.”
He continued, “That is not what it means to be American…what defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better, and it will be better.”
Elizabeth Kochi is a former school teacher. She said Romney’s speech inspired her and her seven year old son. “He was waving the flag and chanting ‘Mitt!’ with the rest of the them.”
Many supporters at Southern New Hampshire University cited Romney’s business experience as his most desirable trait.
Bill Horn from Bedford, New Hampshire said he believes Romney’s experience as a governor and a businessman makes him “the right man for the job especially with the economy the way it is.”
Romney did not shy away from the economy in his speech. The crowd ignited with cheers when he said, “My biggest priority will be protecting your job…not my own.”
With 89% of precincts reporter, Romney earned a little over 39% of the vote with Ron Paul at about 23%. Jon Huntsman received a third place showing with almost 17% of the vote. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum followed both with approximately 10%.
The primary season continues in South Carolina where the voting will take place on January 21st.