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GOP candidates battle in New Hampshire

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's round two in the Republican race for the White House.

The candidates are slugging it out in the New Hampshire primary, where the first votes have already been cast.

This first round of votes coming from the town of Dixville Notch. It has a near-perfect record of picking the state's Republican primary winner, with only two exceptions in over 50 years.

In the early voting, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman tied for first place with two votes each. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich got one vote a piece, while Rick Santorum and Rick Perry didn't get any.

Romney's the clear frontrunner for now, but the big question is will it be a big win? Romney won in Iowa by a mere eight votes. His support has eroded 10% in New Hampshire in just a week as Newt Gingrich and others hammer away at his record.

In 60 years, no Republican has won the nomination without placing first or second in New Hampshire. The polls will close at eight Tuesday night.

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