Only Mitt Romney Can Save the Republican Party in 2016
New Hampshire GOP (With Mitt Romney)
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)