Romney leads field by 17 points in new NH poll, Ron Paul in second

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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A new poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney maintaining a strong lead in New Hampshire, with a pitched battle for the number two spot.

Romney leads the field in the Granite State with 41 percent support and tops second-place Texas Rep. Ron Paul by 24 percentage points, according to the WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll.

With the support of 17 percent of those polled, Paul now holds just a six-point lead over both former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who each attracted 11 percent support in the poll. Gingrich trails behind with 8 percent.

Only 44 percent of New Hampshirites indicated that they had definitively made up their mind about the candidate they would support in Tuesday’s primary election. Fifty-five percent, a clear majority, said they believed Romney is best positioned to defeat President Obama in November.

The poll, with  a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points, surveyed 461 likely primary voters and was conducted between Jan. 5 and Jan. 8.

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