(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.
Poll: Romney overwhelming front-runner in N.H.
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Apparently "Crazy" doesn't play well in N.H.. Romney is the only candidate that has a chance to appeal to moderates and independents.
If Romney is nominated, he'll dessimate Obama in 2012. This country can't afford 4 more years Of Obama/Democrat socialist failure. The ONLY way out of this disaster is to flush the socialist/"progressive"/leftist Democrats down the hopper. Only complete fools would constantly attack and demonize the very foundation of this country for 4 years.
Run Sarah run..! Give the people a voice to proof the media, bigots and pundits wrong...
Sarah Palin has what it takes to make America great again...!
This game of four corners should be interesting. Four early state up for grabs, and people are determined to grab one of them. Yup, I wonder if any of them has come up with a Plan B for when the next state primaries are held.
IA = Bachmann
NH = Romney
SC = Perry
FL = Still up for grabs
I have not seen a single republican candidate for president in the current field that can get my vote. They all have extremist views and are too far off the scale to the right of where the majority of the country resides. The majority of Americans are looking for a candidate that is just to the right of center.
Some people (talking head Soros funded media libs) say that Xtian Fundies wont vote for a Mormon, ha ha, ah when the only other alternative is the anti-christ you betcha they will.
It does not matter what their polls say, any Republican in the White House will be a disaster for America come 2012.
Wow and it only took five years of fulltime campaign work.What a joke and waste of time for Romney.
To everyone thinking of voting for a Republican, think of this: Do you really want to reward bad behavior? Do you really want to reinforce the belief that doing nothing and saying "No" to everything is the way to win the next election? So what happens when the next batch of politicians get in there and they all say "no" to everything the GOP wants to do, will you also vote for them? Bad bahavior should be punished and in my book it has been bad behavior from the Republicans since the 2008 election.
"This will be his Waterloo."
"Our number one goal is to make Obama a one term President." (Translation: the he11 with the country and what's good for the USA as long as it is bad for Obama.)
Crosshairgunsights over pictures of our elected officials
Guns at politican rallies
"Don't retreat, reload"
and the list goes on and on... not to mention all the other vile crap the Right constantly spews 24/7 on their TV station... This is what you want more of?
Maybe the GOP is getting it's grove back andd discovering the Tea Party was a REALLY bad idea.
Great to see Romney doing so well. Sure, people say he couldn't even beat McCain in 2008 but to that I counter Obama did. America has grown up since then and now should recognize that experience and knowledge do matter in that office and who you put in there does matter. Mitt Romney will be a choice Americans can have confidence in regardless of what aspect of the job they feel is most important. I think getting the economy back up and growing so it is creating jobs should be high on the list and Romney will be a clear front-runner on that issue.
Romney is far better than that Texas dude. Texas dude is a silly idiot....that's it. Romney needs to change his tune on Health Care issue, because this nation needs that Health Care reform. States should set up "Health Care Exchanges". Well, we poured money like crazy in "Iraq" and "Afghanistan" why not GOP idiots pour on our soil??????What is wrong???Nab Medicare Fraud. Hire more PAs, NPs, into the system, they are the best "Doctors" of future generation, at low cost.....o.k, We need not cry on shortages and hire bunch of foreigners. We need strict immigration policies. Nab and Bust all the illegals....god bless.
Huntsman gaining ground fast as a clear, ELECTABLE, alternative to Romney / Perry
"Two new polls indicate Romney's the man to beat in New Hampshire"
I suppose I wouldn't mind beating him in NH or any other state. Not sure it would manage to put any sense in him though.