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Romney Rivals Just Hoping For A Good Showing

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - They're not counting on a win -- but Mitt Romney's five Republican opponents are hoping to finish well enough in today's New Hampshire primary to prove they're still in the race, so they can challenge him again in South Carolina and Florida.

The rivals yesterday pounced on Romney's comment that he likes to be able to "fire people." But today, they've pulled back -- noting that he was talking about letting people change health insurance providers.

Rick Santorum says he's "not going to play gotcha politics." Newt Gingrich says it would be "totally unfair" to take Romney's remarks out of context.

Jon Huntsman says if he can chug out of the New Hampshire primary "with a head of steam" he can prove he's the Republican candidate who can defeat Barack Obama. But on NBC's "Today" show, he wouldn't say whether he would leave the race if he doesn't finish in the top three.

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