Romney Holds Healthy Lead in New Hampshire GOP Poll

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads by the significant margin in the New Hampshire Republican presidential first poll released on Monday that shows the frontrunner with an advantage of 18 percentage points over the field of GOP hopefuls. Romney received 38% of the vote in an Institutes of Politics at Harvard, Saint Anselm poll with former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) getting the support of 20% and 13% of respondents, respectively. "With Herman Cain showing surprising strength as the 'Romney Alternative' and the compressed first schedule, Governor Perry may be running out of time in New Hampshire," poll directors Trey Grayson and Neil Levesque wrote in the statement, referencing Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The "Romney Alternative" is the phrase commonly used by New Hampshire politicos to refer to Gov. Romney's main challenger, as he is the clear favorite in the state's upcoming primary. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich followed the top three with 5%, followed by Perry and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 4% the piece. Huntsman has unremittingly canvassed New Hampshire as his moderate political platforms on foreign affairs and economic policy are likely to appeal to independent voters, who are allowed to participate in the state's open first elections. New Hampshire is historically the nation's first first every presidential election season, but state officials haven't yet announced its 2012 date as Florida recently moved its March first to the last week in January! to jock ey for earlier status. Sources familiar with the process have told TheStreet that the Granite State likely won't set an official first date until late November, in order to keep other states from leapfrogging New Hampshire's date. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) has committed most of her time to campaigning in Iowa and some in South Carolina, but the congresswoman has spent virtually no time in New Hampshire. It has showed as Bachmann grabbed only 3% of the poll's votes. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >To submit the news tip, send an email to:>To order reprints of this article, click here: Reprints TheStreet Mobile Edition TheStreet Ratings updates stock ratings daily. However, if no rating change occurs, the data on this page does not update. The data does update after 90 days if no rating change occurs within that time period. IDC calculates the Market Cap for the basic symbol to include common shares only. Year-to-date mutual fund returns are calculated on the monthly basis by Value Line and posted mid-month. *Oil Data in Market Overview is Brent Crude Pricing 2011 TheStreet, Inc. All rights reserved. ! '); \

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