The first post-Iowa caucus poll of New Hampshire GOP primary voters (surveying those who were watching the caucus results) put Romney at one of his best showings yet — 47 percent. That was a full 30 percentage points ahead of second-place candidate Ron Paul’s 17 percent, with Jon Huntsman at 13 percent, surprise Iowa virtual co-winner Rick Santorum at 10 percent and Newt Gingrich at 9 percent.

The 2012 primary, then, should be a race for second place. Santorum, in an interview yesterday, said it well:

“New Hampshire can make a huge statement here. New Hampshire can choose the conservative alternative (to Romney) and that’s really what this is about.”