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Romney maintains strong lead in the polls ahead of NH primary

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(CNN) -- After all the rallies and all the debates... Mitt Romney looks like the man to beat in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Polls show him far ahead of the competition.

That made him a target in the second of two debates over the weekend.

"I know the red light doesn't mean anything to you because you're the front runner... but can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney?" said presidential nominee Newt Gingrich.

Romney had a narrow victory against Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses.

His rivals are now looking to bring him down in New Hampshire to boost their own chances.

That's especially important for Jon Huntsman --who has spent almost all of his time campaigning in New Hampshire, hoping that state will push him forward.

"I put my country first," said Huntsman. "Governor Romney puts politics first."

Two other candidates are already making a big push in the state that holds the third contest -- South Carolina.

Santorum and Texas Governor Rick Perry are both hoping to do well with South Carolina's more conservative base.

"All the other candidates will say they need your help," said presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. "They're lying. I need your help."

Congressman Ron Paul says he'll be heading to South Carolina within 12 hours of learning the results in New Hampshire.

That would give the third-place Iowa finisher more than a week to campaign for the January 21st contest.

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