Republicans jockeying for position ahead of Tuesday's N.H. primary

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by GABE GUTIERREZ

KHOU

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, the political circus is in town.

Ron Paul supporters, Occupy protesters and a man carrying a megaphone and wearing a knee-high boot on his head hijacked a Newt Gingrich event.

Still, his supporters weren't fazed.

"I think the polls are baloney," said Gingrich supporter Frank Powle.

The former House speaker is one of several GOP hopefuls fighting for second place in the Granite State, trying to catch up to Rep. Ron Paul, who's holding steady at about 20 percent in most polls.

Still, many voters in New Hampshire are skeptical of the Houston-area Congressman's electability down the line.

"This year, we really want somebody who can beat Obama, because we can't take four more years of what we've been going through," said undecided voter Dennis Filber.

Former Governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is the only candidate surging slightly in the race.

He bet his entire campaign on Tuesday's vote, and he is turning up the heat on the front runner.

"Governor Romney enjoys firing people, I enjoy creating jobs," Huntsman said.

He was referring to something Mitt Romney said earlier in the day, while talking about how employers should hold service providers accountable. Romney says the comment was taken out of context.

"I like being able to fire people who provide services to me," Romney said. "If someone isn't giving the good service, I want to say, 'I'm going to go get someone else to provide this service to me.'"

Then there's Rick Santorum.

He's lost some momentum since Iowa last week, but he's still much better off in New Hampshire than one candidate: Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry is polling at one percent as his Manchester, N.H, campaign office sits empty. He's banking on South Carolina instead, bypassing the New Hampshire circus altogether.

More than 300,000 are expected to head to the New Hampshire polls Tuesday.

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