Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney retains a commanding lead over the rest of the field in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.
A Bloomberg News survey released Wednesday indicates that the two-time Republican presidential candidate received 40% support among likely Granite State GOP primary voters.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in second, with 17% support.
The poll shows more encouraging news for Romney, who has been the frontrunner in New Hampshire surveys for well over a year. According to the survey, Romney leads President Barack Obama by 10 points in the battleground state in a hypothetical 2012 general election match-up.
Bloomberg said voters were not surveyed about match-ups between the president and other Republican candidates.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has seen a similar rise in polling in New Hampshire as elsewhere in the nation, coming in at 11%. Gingrich was in the state last week to open his campaign headquarters in Manchester and has been adding staff here.
Businessman Herman Cain seems to have lost some ground in the Granite State, receiving 8% support in the poll. Cain will host a rally in the state Thursday.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who hosted his 100th New Hampshire campaign event Tuesday evening, came in fourth with 7%.
The other candidates polled in the low single digits: Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 3%, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 2% and former Sen. Rick Santorum at 1%.
Ten percent of those questioned said they were not sure who they would support.
The Bloomberg News poll was conducted Nov. 10-12, with 504 likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire questioned by telephone. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary is 55 days away. Voters head to the polls Jan. 10.
He should finish strong in NH. He's almost a native son. The question is how well can Romney do elsewhere. Yesterday, someone wrote that Romney has the Flip-Flop Flu. Most Americans do not want to catch that flu.
A few points higher than nothing is nothing.
The moral of the story is that all of these Corporate Shills would take the boots to the working middle class just to give welfare tax breaks to Their CORPORATE MASTERS. Obama/Biden 2012
The problem with Huntsman is that he's too much like Romney. Personally, I favor him over Romney or any other Republican candidate. He understands both economics and international relations – especially China, which may be critical. But, Romney was there first and he can't differentiate himself enough to take votes away from Romney.
This is the second state [Iowa being the other] where Ron Paul has come in 2nd. I really don't understand that. Are 17% of NH voters really that far off the beaten path (to put it nicely)?
Romney/Rubio 2012!! That ticket will get the Marxist out of the white house.
Why do voters put up with a system where Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina determine who becomes president, disenfranchising over 90% of American voters?
He sacks your social security, Medicare, and repeal health care you will never have and denied left and right by insurance, sells energy again to Saudi, ships jobs overseas....Obama2012.
hides Bin Laden group....watch out...
New hampshire is like that. iowa says flip new hampshire says flop. Iowa says flop new hampshire says flip. myth romney will do well in new hampshire for he flip flop; flop flip.
While Mitt Romney would like nothing better than to see true Conservatives continue to split their votes amongst themselves - he being the ultimate winner when this happens - it really is time for Conservatives to actually pick a candidate and stick with him. Flavor of the week isn't working. Mitt's been working against all you folks for the past decade with his pandering here, pandering there, pandering everywhere rhetoric. No more do Democrats/Independants trust him than should Conservatives trust him either. He simply doesn't support any one cause but that which benefits Mitt Romney. Who knows what direction he'll go should he ever get elected. Just saying.
Don't you just love how CNN has no comment on Ron Paul coming in a solid 2nd? It's just a lonely little sentence floating out there in space......BUT: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has seen a similar rise in polling in New Hampshire as elsewhere in the nation, coming in at 11%. There is only one anti-big-gov-fake-conservative. It's Ron Paul.
It's good to Huntsman moving upward and Cain moving down. Huntsman is the only Republican candidate that could appear to moderate conservatives – otherwise they'll vote for President Obama. A good number of traditional Republicans, those who don't get all of their information from Fox News, will cross-over to vote for the President. The Republican field is too weak and too radical for the more rational folks.
New Hampshire, the land of common sense. I am an independent who studied economics, voted for Clinton and Bush. Hindsight has not always reconfirmed my vote, but I try to look at them on fiscal history and rhetoric on China. China is the most important issue to me, it is killing wages in this country. What cracks me up is that this TeaParty group who cares about many of the same things I do is imploding. Now they are leaning towards Newt...The TeaParty is about family values and they are polling for Newt Gingrich. We are truly in an age of media mass delusion. I am on the west coast and I will follow New Hampshire on this one, Romney is the best by a country mile.
It's killing the GOP that the only one of two guys they have running that aren't the punchline of a joke is going to be the nominee (the "other guy" is Huntsman). It's interesting that the GOP has to go outside of Evangelicals to find someone who isn't a serial adulterer (Gingrich), a sexual predator (Cain), an unblinking holy roller lying idiot (Bachmann), a fumble-mouthed moron (Perry), a delusional crazy old man (Paul), and a guy who's very name is synonomous with the foulest human excretion imaginable (Santorum. Google "Santorum" and see what you get).
We'll get a progressive POTUS of the United States either way. My prediction is Romney will move even closer to the left, which has been his convictions all his life until he had to run as a Republican to become Governor of Mass. He would be crazy not to. He knows there are a heck of a lot more centralist Democrats then far right Republicans. So he can hand out concrete water wings to the Neo-Conservatives and Tea Party.