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Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) -- Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary, according to CNN projections after voters turned out in expected record numbers Tuesday in the second contest of the Republican presidential race.
The CNN projection, based on early results and exit poll data, came after final polls closed in the state at 8 p.m. ET.
The battle for second place loomed as the most hotly contested result, with implications for the next primary in South Carolina on January 21.
According to CNN's information, Texas Rep. Ron Paul trailed Romney, with former Utah Jon Huntsman, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum behind Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry well behind them.