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Posted by on Dec 26, 2011 in At TMV, Politics | 2 comments

New Hampshire Poll: Romney Ahead, Paul Rising

A new New Hampshire poll has good news for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, not-so-good-news for former House Speaker New Gingrich and good news for Rep. Ron Paul: Romney is ahead and Paul is rising:

Newt Gingrich’s surge has slowed and Ron Paul has gained momentum, but Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner in New Hampshire with a little more than two weeks until the nation’s first primary, according to a new Boston Globe poll.

Romney has the support of 39 percent of the state’s likely Republican voters, a drop of 3 percentage points since last month but a strong indication he is weathering Gingrich’s national comeback in a state vital to his campaign.

In the closely watched contest for second place, Gingrich and Paul are tied with 17 percent each, just ahead of Jon Huntsman, who has the support of 11 percent of likely Republican voters.

But as the race hurtles toward the Jan. 10 primary, Paul has been gaining the most in New Hampshire. His support has risen by 5 percentage points since November, while Huntsman has picked up 3 percentage points in the last month and Gingrich has gained 2.

The momentum for Paul raises the prospect that he, not Gingrich, could emerge as the strongest early challenger to Romney if the Texas congressman can hold on to his lead in Iowa and capture second place in New Hampshire.

The remainder of the Republican field remains largely sidelined in New Hampshire. Rick Santorum is in fourth place, with support from 3 percent of the state’s likely Republican voters, followed by Michele Bachmann at 2 percent and Rick Perry at 1 percent.

This is one reason why it’s important for Paul to deal with issue of those newsletters under his name that had racist and political wacky content. It will hurt him during a year when he seems on the verge of breaking through to becoming a major Republican Presidential wannabe. A problem for Paul: unless something new comes out about Gingrich, the media and his foes have already raised issues about him. The more prominent Paul becomes, the greater the INTENSE scrutiny that he has not undergone before will become.

(NOTE: An earlier version of this said “Former House Speaker Mitt Romney” in the first sentence, a typing error. TMV regrets the error.)

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  • Paul will not be able to escape from the past wacky and racist comments in his newsletters that he claims he knew nothing about. He is currenly unwilling to reject support from fringe elements like white supremicists. Though he has a certain hard segment of supporters, it will be difficult for him to rise much above that level. If he were ever the Republican candidate, the independents would punish the party up and down the ticket.

  • According to CNN poll, Paul does best against Obama.

    CNN Poll: Still no front-runner in the battle for the GOP nomination

    “Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, who also ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and who is well liked by many in the tea party movement, trails the president by only seven points (52 to 45 percent) in a hypothetical general election showdown. Huckabee trails by eight points, with Romney down 11 points to Obama.”

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