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Only Mitt Romney Can Save the Republican Party in 2016

UNH/WMUR, 6/19-7/1
New Hampshire GOP (With Mitt Romney)
Romney: 39
Christie: 7
Paul: 7
Bush: 6
Jindal: 5
Huckabee: 4
Cruz: 3
Rubio: 2
Walker: 2
Santorum: 2
Perry: 1
Ryan: 1

Last week we mentioned that Chris Christie has re-taken the lead in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary race over Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. No doubt, the 2016 Republican nomination race will be one of the closest and most contested in recent memory – unless 2012 nominee Mitt Romney runs again.

According to a new UNH/WMUR poll, conducted between June 19 and July 1, sampling 251 likely Republican New Hampshire primary voters, Mitt Romney would lead the current GOP pack by a whopping 32 points if he decided to run once more.

While Chris Christie leads Kentucky Senator Rand Paul by a 5-point margin in the current standings, Mitt Romney would have a dominant first place lead with 39 percent of the vote in New Hampshire.

With Romney in the race, no other Republican candidate has double-digit support and the 2012 nominee would lead Christie and Paul, who are both at 7 percent, by more than 30 points.

The other candidates barely make a dent with Romney is the race.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush would fall to 6 percent, compared to his current 11.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal would be at 5 percent, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee would be at 4 percent, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz would be at 3 percent.

Meanwhile, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum are at just 2 percent.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, and Ohio Senator Rob Portman are at just 1 percent.

Clearly if Mitt Romney, who insists he doesn’t plan on running again, opts to throw his hat into the race, he would be the clear-cut favorite to clinch the Republican nomination for the second straight time. Your move, Mitt.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)