Go figure: The early exit polls show 44 percent of the New Hampshire electorate so far is independent. The biggest winner among them? Mitt Romney with 30 percent. It’s another Iowa landslide in this survey result so far; Ron Paul is second at 29 percent, Jon Huntsman is third at 27 percent.
The polls are still open, and a poll of those who voted in the morning and afternoon hours does not provide a full picture. But if Romney indeed does best among independents, he could end up winning by a surprisingly large margin. The thinking was that Romney would do best among registered Republicans and that independents would fuel Paul and Huntsman to second and third places.