Huntsman Rises to 3rd Place in NH Buoyed by Democrats, Tea Party Opponents, Voters Satisfied With Obama

January 11, 2012 - 12:12 AM
Jon Huntsman

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman took third place in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, finishing with 17 percent of the vote, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who finished first with 39 percent and Rep. Ron Paul, who finished second with 23 percent.

According to the exit poll published by CNN, Huntsman bested the other GOP candidates among the Democrats who voted in the New Hampshire primary, among voters who said they oppose the Tea Party movement, and among voters who said they were satisfied with the presidency of Barack Obama.

Four percent of those who voted in the Republican primary told the exit poll they were Democrats. Among these Democrats, Huntsman took 41 percent, Paul took 24 percent, Romney took 14 percent, Santorum took 6 percent, Gingrich took 4 percent and Perry took 1 percent.

Seventeen percent of New Hampshire Republican primary voters said they oppose the Tea Party movement. Among these, Huntsman won 42 percent, Romney won 26 percent, Paul won 20 percent, and Gingrich and Santorum won 3 percent each.

Twelve percent of New Hampshire Republican primary voters, according to the exit poll, said they were satisfied with the Obama administration. Among these voters, Huntsman won 40 percent, Paul won 31 percent, Romney won 20 percent, and Santorum won 3 percent.

In the overall voting, with 92 percent of the precincts reporting, Romney was first with 39 percent of the vote. Paul was second with 23 percent, followed by Huntsman with 17 percent, Gingrich with 10 percent, Santorum with 9 percent and Perry with 1 percent.