Nearly one year before the first 2012 primary is set to occur, a new straw poll of the potential Republican contenders will be held on Saturday in New Hampshire.
WMUR-TV is partnering with ABC News to conduct a straw poll on Jan. 22 at the state GOP's convention when it elects its new chair. The attendees will be the state party's nearly 493 committee members, which include many of the most important endorsements for the 2012 presidential contenders.
The poll will provide an early barometer for the 2012 field. So far, there has been limited polling of the 2012 field in the Granite State. The few that have surfaced have shown Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, with a considerable lead over the field.
The New Hampshire presidential primary is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 14 next year.