Romney Maintains Lead in New Hampshire

Dec 26, 2011 11:14am

Mitt Romney holds onto his sizeable lead in New Hampshire with 39 percent of the vote, according to a new Boston Globe poll released Sunday.

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are tied for second place, with each garnering 17 percent of the vote among the state’s likely Republican voters.

Jon Huntsman is the only other candidate to break into double-digits with 11 percent of support. All other candidates are in the single digits.

Romney leads among all groups of GOP voters, including those who support the Tea Party and those who consider themselves to be conservative. He also takes a quarter of the independent vote, though Paul is the leader among this group of voters with 36 percent.

Gingrich does lead Romney in one category, however. Twenty percent of GOP primary voters said they would not vote for Gingrich under “any circumstances.” Paul is a close second with 17 percent. Just 9 percent of voters feel this way about Romney.

Romney is also top vote getter in the category of “most likely to flip-flop” with 36 percent. Gingrich comes in second with 22 percent.

My other favorite number here: 27. That’s the percentage of people who say it is important/very important that they personally meet a candidate. Thirty-five percent say it’s “not important at all,” a blow to the theory that retail politics is the only way to campaign in the Granite State.

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