Rasmussen: Romney Holds Wide Lead in NH

Friday, 06 Jan 2012 12:23 PM

By Martin Gould

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Mitt Romney is in position for a resounding victory in New Hampshire, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll. With just four days before voters cast their ballots, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts has a 24 percentage-point lead.

Romney is polling at 42 percent, the survey shows. That is nearly as much as his next three challengers, combined. Texas Rep. Ron Paul is second with 18 percent, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 13 and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has12.

Santorum, who has spent little time in the Granite State, has picked up votes there since his eight-vote defeat by Romney in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses. In the last Rasmussen New Hampshire poll he was at the back of the pack with just 3 percent.

If Romney can hold on to his lead he will become the first Republican to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire since they became the first two states to vote, 40 years ago.

In the poll of 750 likely primary voters taken on Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ended with 8 percent and Texas Gov. Rick Perry had just 1 percent.


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