Mitt Romney Wins New Hampshire GOP Presidential Primary

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – Mitt Romney didn’t waste any time delivering his victory remarks in New Hampshire Tuesday night.

Around half and hour after the polls closed and the race was called, Romney stood with his wife Ann and their five sons to say thank you.

Check: NH Voting Results

“Thank you, New Hampshire! Tonight, we made history!” he told the crowd.

“This state has always been a special place for our family. Ann and I made a home here and we’ve filled it with great memories of our children and grandchildren. And this Granite State moment is one we will always remember.”

Then he said, “Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.”

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Work begins in South Carolina, where he will continue his line of attacks focused on President Obama.

In his victory address, Romney stayed on his message.

“We remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago. He promised to bring people together. He promised to change the broken system in Washington. He promised to improve our nation.

Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed President. The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.”

Romney promised to balance the budget, and repeal Obamacare.

His message has been consistently trained on jobs and the economy.

He told his suporters, “President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our party and for our nation. This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We must offer an alternative vision. I stand ready to lead us down a different path, where we are lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success. In these difficult times, we cannot abandon the core values that define us as unique.  We are one nation, under God.”

In his stump speech and in his victory speech, Romney has been trying to tie President Obama to European financial politices.

At his victory rally he said, “Our campaign is about more than replacing a President; it is about saving the soul of America. This election is a choice between two very different destinies. President Obama wants to “fundamentally transform” America. We want to restore America to the founding principles that made this country great. He wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement society. We want to ensure that we remain a free and prosperous land of opportunity.”

Romney will hold a rally in South Carolina on Wednesday.

He has been ahead in the polls there, and has the support of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports from Romney Headquarters

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports from Ron Paul Headquarters

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports from Huntsman Headquarters

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports from Gingrich Headquarters

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports from Santorum Headquarters

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports on Romney

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports on Ron Paul

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports on Jon Huntsman

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports on Rick Santorum

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports on Newt Gingrich

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