Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney woke up Christmas morning to a nice stocking stuffer: a new poll that puts him in a solid lead in New Hampshire, which will host the first-in-the-nation primary in a little more than two weeks. But Romney also knows that GOP voters have a tendency to return their gifts as quickly as they give them.
This morning's Boston Globe indicates that Romeny is leading the Republican field by a double-digit margin among likely New Hampshire voters. Romney scored 39 percent of positive support, vs. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, who each garnered 17 percent. Jon Huntsman won support of 11 percent, and all other candidates ranked in the low single digits.
Meanwhile, the latest national polls still put Gingrich in the lead, but by an ever-shrinking margin. New statistics from Gallup, CNN, ABC and CBS all either indicate that Gringrich is leading by a small margin (Gallup) or is in a dead heat with Romeny (CNN, ABC, CBS). Paul comes in third in each survey.
The latest polls also indicate that President Barack Obama would defeat any of the GOP candidates, with one exception: Pulbic Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C., is the only national survey that says Romney would beat Obama.