Coming off of a week where Texas Governor Rick Perry made a big splash in the GOP primary field, new polling from the first primary state in the 2012 election, New Hampshire, shows that Mitt Romney is maintaining a strong lead. The Magellan Strategies polling, which was taken two days following the Iowa straw polls and two days after Rick Perry officially entered the race, has Romney having a 18% lead: 36% for Romney to Perry’s 18%.
Amongst the likely New Hampshire primary voters, which featured Republicans as well as Independents, libertarian Ron Paul came in third with 14%, 4% away from Perry, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 10%. Businessman Herman Cain came in at 3%, tying former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich only polled in at 2%.
This comes just days after national polling by Rasmussen Reports found that Perry had an 11% edge on his closest rival, Mitt Romney.
“Governor Perry is enjoying a bounce from entering the race at precisely the right time,” Scott Rassumssen noted about the polling. “Now the difficult part begins for the new frontrunner. It’s much easier winning support when people are hoping you will get in the race, than retaining support when you are the frontrunner.”
In Wisconsin, a Public Policy Polling released on Wednesday shows that a swing state that has typically gone to the Democrats in recent presidential elections, conservatives Perry and Bachmann actually tie with 20% of the vote, beating out Romney, who came in at 13%. Sarah Palin, who is considering a run, came in at 11% followed by Cain’s 7%, Paul and Gingrich’s 6%, and Huntsman’s 1%.
In the swing state of Coloardo, in a PPP poll released Monday, both Romney and Perry tie at 20%, with Bachmann coming in third at 12%, followed by Palin’s 11%, Paul’s 8%, Cain’s 7%, Gingrich’s 6%, and Huntsman’s 2%.
In North Carolina, Romney and Perry both came in a three-way tie with former Governor Palin at 17%.