Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former House Speaker...

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, right, spar as Ron Paul listens during a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) Credit: AP

The votes in the New Hampshire primary started coming in just after midnight, as they do every four years in Dixville Notch.

For the record, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman received two each; Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, one each. Barack Obama had three of the nine cast.

But enough about that.

The real question is whether many Granite State eateries are selling what must be the sandwich of the moment, "pious baloney," to capitalize on Newt's quip about Mitt.

What topping goes on such a sandwich? Maybe a crown of them. The bread also must be thickly cut. Perhaps, keeping up with the news, it could be fired, too. Or is there a purist version, with a big, puffed-up roulade of the deli mainstay?

The baloney craze surely will pass. Then, everyone can get back into the 2012 campaign's true nourishment: red meat.

That is, except for the guys who finish fifth and sixth tonight. For them, there's a much simpler and more appropriate meal: toast.

One man's meat.

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