NASHUA, NH--Who's on second? With GOP White House Mitt Romney expected to trounce his competition in the Tuesday primary here, the battle is for second--and third.
At the race track, the "win" bet pays no matter if the pony is ahead by only a nose. For Romney--especially after his eight-vote photofinish in Iowa over Santorum--his expected Tuesday GOP presidential primary win here will be subject to Talmudic interpretation.
"If Mitt Romney doesn't get over 50 percent on Tuesday here, being a former governor of the state right next door and having a family home here, then there's something seriously wrong," said Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.). Reprising the role she took on in Iowa, she traveled to New Hampshire to continue to ding Romney--the candidate the Obama team is expecting to win the GOP nomination.
That's classic raising the bar. Polls show Romney closing the New Hampshire primary in great shape--but not over 50 percent.
Real Clear Politics average of polls on Monday:
The final WMUR New Hampshire Primary poll:
Suffolk University /7News Tracking
"All of the candidates behind Romney have a good chance finishing anywhere between second and fifth place," said Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center.