(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the leader in national polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but two new surveys, released within 12 hours of each other, indicate that in the first in the nation primary state of New Hampshire Mitt Romney's still way ahead of the rest of the pack.
According to an American Research Group poll released Thursday morning, 30 percent of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters say they support Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts who's making his second bid for president, with Perry a distant second at 13 percent.
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the White House, is at 12 percent, with former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at ten percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at seven percent, and everyone else in the low single digits.
Romney's support is virtually unchanged since ARG's last survey, which was conducted in July. Perry, who launched his campaign in mid-August, is up 11 points, with Huntsman jumping ten points, Paul's up eight points, with Bachmann dropping five points since July.
According to a Suffolk University/7 News poll released late Wednesday night, 41 percent of likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters say they support Romney, with Paul a distant second at 14 percent. Ten percent say they back Huntsman, followed by Perry at eight percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at six percent. The GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee has flirted with a bid for the nomination, but hasn't taken any concrete steps to start up a campaign. The survey indicates that Bachmann is at five percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at four percent, and everyone else in the lower single digits.
Romney has made a few appearances in Iowa this year, but has spent much more time in New Hampshire. Huntsman appears to be putting all his chips into a strong showing in the Granite State, which comes second after Iowa in the primary and caucus calendar. Bachmann is spending much of her time in Iowa.
The American Research Group poll was conducted September 16-21, with 600 likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
The Suffolk University/7 News poll was conducted September 18-20, with 400 likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.