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Mitt Romney leads strongly in New Hampshire poll

WASHINGTON —Mitt Romney is holding on to his double-digit lead in the early primary state of New Hampshire, according to poll results released Sunday.

The Boston Globe poll shows the former Massachusetts governor leading the Republican field with 39 percent of voters likely to cast ballots in the Jan. 10 Republican primary. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has led in some national polls, was tied with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas in second place, with 17 percent.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who has spent virtually all of his time campaigning in New Hampshire, won the support of 11 percent of likely GOP voters. All of the other candidates ranked in the low single digits. (The University of New Hampshire Survey Center conducted the poll of 543 likely 2012 Republican primary voters. The margin of error within that group was plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.)

Romney's chance for the Republican nomination relies on a sizable win in New Hampshire, where he owns a summer home. Though Iowans will be the first to cast ballots on Jan. 3, Romney spent three days touring New Hampshire last week in his campaign bus, hitting as many as six stops in one day.

After returning to the Granite State Tuesday for a morning visit, Romney will set out on a bus tour of Iowa. Gingrich, who is also launching an Iowa bus tour, has led Romney in Iowa in several recent polls.

Mitt Romney leads strongly in New Hampshire poll 12/25/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 25, 2011 8:53pm]
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