Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Mitt Romney's still far and away ahead of the rest of the field of Republican presidential candidates in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll.
But a WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire also indicates that Herman Cain's numbers in the state are on the rise, and that only a tenth of likely Republican primary voters have definitely decided on which candidate they will vote for in the battle for the GOP nomination.
According to the poll, which was released Friday evening, 37% of likely Republican primary voters say they would vote for Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts who's making his second bid for the White House. Romney's numbers are pretty much unchanged from the last Granite State Poll, which was conducted in July.
Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show, is at 12%, up around 10 points from July, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, at 9%. Former New York City Mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is at 8%, as is former Utah Gov. and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are at 4% in the poll, followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 3% and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 2%.
Take Palin, who earlier this week announced she would not run for the White House, and Giuliani, who has not taken any concrete steps to launch a campaign, out of the mix, and Romney's at 42%, followed by Cain at 13%, Paul at 11%, Huntsman at 8% and Perry at 6%, with everyone else in the lower single digits.
Romney has made a few appearances this year in Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary season, but he 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 poll indicates that nearly seven in ten likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire say they are still trying to decide who they will vote for in the race for the nomination, with 21 percent saying they're leaning towards a candidate and only 11% saying they have definitely decided who they will vote for in the primary.
The WMUR Granite State Poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Sept. 26-October 6, with 646 New Hampshire adults, including 345 likely GOP primary voters, questioned by telephone. The sampling error for GOP primary questions is plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.