It appears that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will skate out of New Hampshire with a convincing primary win, outpacing his closest competitor by at least 15 percentage points.
However, the win isn’t convincing enough for Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. On MSNBC’s coverage of the primary results, the Florida congresswoman said Romney failed to significantly improve over his 2008 effort to win the GOP nomination.
“I think it’s important… to make a couple of observations about the outcome tonight,” she said. “Mitt Romney got about 36 percent of the vote. Four years ago, Chris, he got about 32 percent of the vote… [in] what is essentially his home state, for him to only do a handful of points better than he did four years ago, after campaigning for five years — I mean, that’s really not anything to write home about.”
And based on the results, Wasserman Schultz said Romney’s primary win was technically a loss because of his inability to generate enthusiasm.
“You could really declare it a loss, because he should have blown the doors off in this state,” she pronounced. “In addition to that, the Republican turnout was off about 40 percent from the turnout in 2008, showing that this is not a field that their side is very enthusiastic about.”