A week after beating Rick Santorum by only eight votes in the Iowa Caucus, Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday, January 10, with 38 percent of votes, followed by Ron Paul with 24 percent and Jon Hunstman with 17 percent, le Figaro and the New York Timesreported. After finishing third in a state to which he had dedicated much of his effort in the early primaries, Jon Huntsman announced on Monday, January 16, that he was dropping out of the race, giving his official endorsement to Romney, according to CNN. As the remaining candidates took part in a debate in advance of the next primary in South Carolina, scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 21, Romney continued to lead polls there with 28 percent on Monday, January 17, according to le JDD.
Following ongoing protests that brought national attention to the state of Wisconsin earlier in 2011, opponents of Governor Scott Walker, who led the effort to pass the contested bills restricting union rights, successfully filed a petition for a recall election on Tuesday, January 18, obtaining twice the number of votes required to make Walker defend his office this summer, Cyberpresse reported. Claiming to have gathered one million signatures for the recall petition, the state Democratic Party and United Wisconsin were successful in forcing Walker, along with Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican members of the Wisconsin State Senate to face recall elections, the Washington Post and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. The effort successfully forced the first gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin history and only the third in U.S. history.
English-language Wikipedia and Reddit are among website who have said they will shut down on Wednesday, January 18, to protest against two Congressional bills, the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act, 20 Minutes and the Washington Post reported. The website claim that the two bills threatened a free and open Internet, as explored by Rue 89.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Liberia on Sunday, January 15, as a first stop in a trip to Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, and Cape Verde, during which she would celebrate the advancement of democracy in several nations throughout West Africa. Clinton oversaw a delegation of American diplomats on Monday, January 16, for the swearing-in of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. This is the second term for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, according to Foreign Policy. On Tuesday, January 18, Clinton moved onto Côte d’Ivoire, where she met with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara before speaking about the promise of the West African nation and calling for reconciliation following the violent aftermath of the nation’s November 2010 elections, in which former leader Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede to Ouattara, according to Reuters and la Libération.