Poll: Romney Crushes Perry, Others in New Hampshire
Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be the national frontrunner for the 2012 Republican nomination for president, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new Suffolk University poll released late Wednesday.
Romney has a 27-point lead over his closest rival in the state, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, leading Paul, 41 percent to 14 percent. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who has struggled to gain traction thus far in the campaign, pulls in 10 percent, easily his best showing in any state-level or national poll, outside of his home state.
Perry finishes fourth in the poll at eight percent, a full 33 points behind Romney. He is trailed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at six percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at five percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with four percent, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer each earned just one percent.
Romney posts an even higher percentage among those most likely to vote (44 percent) and among self-identified conservatives (48 percent).