Romney forges broad coalition in NH GOP primary



WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary exit polls show that Mitt Romney appealed widely to voters to win the New Hampshire presidential primary and was widely viewed as the GOP’s best hope to defeat President Barack Obama this fall.

The former Massachusetts governor finished tops Tuesday among the 6 in 10 people saying the economy was their chief worry. He was also the runaway winner among voters saying their chief criterion in a candidate was finding someone to defeat Obama in November.

Romney won easily among people considering themselves Republicans and conservatives, and did nearly as well among moderates. He shared the lead among independent voters with Texas Rep. Ron Paul.