Now that we have the first set of entirely post-Iowa polling numbers in New Hampshire we can see that Rick Santorum’s extremely close second place finish in the caucuses gave him a big bump in support. According to the Suffolk University/7News tracking poll he went from just 3 percent support before Iowa to 11 percent support now. Relative to where Santorum was only a few days ago that is a huge improvement for him; but it still leaves him almost 30 points behind Mitt Romney, who continues to dominate in the state.

Mitt Romney ……………… 40%
Ron Paul ………………….. 17%
Rick Santorum …………… 11%
Newt Gingrich …………….. 9%
Jon Huntsman …………….. 8%
Rick Perry …………………. 1%
Buddy Roemer ……………..0%
Fred Karger ……………….. 0%
Undecided (DO NOT READ) 15%

While Santorum’s level of support will likely continue to grow over the next few days, it is hard to imagine him coming even close to challenging Romney for first place. Santorum has probably already picked up much of the low hanging fruit, like former Michele Bachmann supporters.

Romney’s and Paul’s base of support in the state seem rather firm and consistent. Jon Huntsman just got the major endorsements of the Boston Globe, which should help him retain his share of the vote. Even if all the undecideds break for Santorum that would still leave him over ten points behind Romney.

Most likely result in New Hampshire is that Santorum will do well, but Romney will end up claiming a big victory.