Ashland, New Hampshire, a town that has gone the way of the state in all but two Republican primaries since 1952, narrowly bucked tradition last night. The voters backed Ron Paul over Mitt Romney by three votes, with the final tally showing 137 for Paul and 134 for Romney.
Craig Moore likes Mitt Romney. He’s all but committed to voting for him. But to his ear, Romney’s performance in this weekend’s debates descended at times into a rehash of his ads - particularly one that’s been airing on a seemingly endless loop. For Moore and other voters in Ashland, N.H., the final debates before Tuesday’s Republican primary offered a small cruelty: Too little reinforcement of favored candidates and not enough grist for eliminating candidates from contention.