In a surge that came so late that it wasn’t known until after all the votes were counted, it has been discovered that Rick Santorum actually came in fourth in the New Hampshire primary, not fifth as originally reported.
The final count puts Santorum, with 23,312 votes for the quad-spot, 138 votes ahead of Newt Gingrich who had 23,174.
The numbers for the top three did not change in the official count with Romney at 97,295 votes, Ron Paul second with 56,485 votes, and Jon Huntsman counting in at 41,626.
Santorum supporters say that this (now) fourth place showing in New Hampshire will give him momentum into South Carolina and at a rally in the Granite State, Santorum himself said he was “energized” by the showing.
Santorum expects to do far better in South Carolina due to the larger evangelical voter base there and with the pounding that Newt Gingrich has taken this week over his seeming sudden turn against capitalism as he attacks Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, Santorum may see a good number of folks deciding late to join Team Santorum.