Polls: Tied up for 2nd and 3rd in NH
January 10th, 2012
09:53 AM ET
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Polls: Tied up for 2nd and 3rd in NH

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - A new day, but the same old story.

The final two polls here in the Granite State leading up to Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary both indicate Mitt Romney holding a 19 point lead over the rest of the field of candidates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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And according to poll surveys, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman are battling for second place, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a dead heat for fourth place, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a distant sixth place.

According to the final Suffolk University/7 News tracking poll, released early Tuesday morning, Romney had the support of 37% of likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire. Romney is very well known here in New Hampshire. He was governor of neighboring Massachusetts for four years last decade, and was often on Boston TV, which much of the heavily populated southern New Hampshire receives. Romney also owns a vacation home in the Granite State and has spent lots of time over the past six years in the state campaigning for himself or for fellow Republicans.

The tracking poll indicates Paul, who's making his third bid for the White House, is at 18% and Huntsman, who skipped campaigning in Iowa (which held the first contest in the primary caucus calendar) to spend all of his time stumping in New Hampshire, is at 16%. Paul's two point margin is well within the poll's sampling error.

Perry, who left the Granite State following the back to back debates this weekend, is now campaigning in South Carolina, which holds its primary on January 21. He's at one percent in the tracking poll. Seven percent were undecided.

An American Research Group poll released Monday night also indicates Romney grabs the support of 37% of likely GOP primary voters, with Huntsman at 18%, Paul at 17%, Santorum at 11%, Gingrich at 10% and Perry at one percent, with four percent undecided.
Both polls were conducted Sunday and Monday.

The ARG survey indicates Romney leading among registered Republicans, with 46%, followed by Paul at 15%, Huntsman at 13% and Gingrich and Santorum both at 10%. Huntsman and Romney are tied at 25% each among independent voters, with Paul at 20%, Santorum at 13% and Gingrich at 10%

The American Research Group poll questioned 600 likely primary voters in N.H. by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points. The Suffolk University tracking poll questioned 500 likely primary voters in N.H. by telephone.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. bk753

    I'd really like to see Huntsman exceed expectations here. If he could take 2nd with 18-20% of the vote, I think it would be positive for everyone (except Mittens). I believe the undecideds are going to swing to Romney and Huntsman. Paul's supporters are rabid and wouldn't be in the "not sure" camp at this late stage. I'd like to see Huntsman get more air time and financial support... I think he has some valid things to say and I want to hear more...

    January 10, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Billy2012

    Can't we just do away with elections?
    It would be a lot cheaper if we would just let rigged polls done by unknown people on minimum wage, pick our leaders. Right?
    SICK OF POLLS.
    Don't care, never will.
    I have a brain.

    January 10, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Voted Twice

    Santorum has shown himself to be a blatant liar and has insulted the intelligence of anyone who can watch a videotape. Most of these GOP clown-candidates are starting to make Herman Cain look pretty good right now.

    January 10, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Robert

    600 people ? I can find 46% of Washington State residents that think it isn't going to rain this summer if thats all I poll.
    Why isn't there a verifiable ( with SSN's) way to poll every American tax paying citizen yet, to really give a consenses to our elected leaders on what we specifically want them to do for us as our employees ? Use the IRS system and give the American people a way to make our voices heard and then you can publish a poll that uses hundreds of thousands of people instead of a couple of hundred.

    January 10, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Yepp

    i would love to have Ron Paul for president. Unfortunately, he is just to radical to ever be elected.

    January 10, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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