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New Hampshire Primary Voters Overwhelmingly Prefer Mitt Romney to Current Pack

Bloomberg Politics, 11/12-11/18
New Hampshire GOP Primary

With Romney:

  • Romney: 30
  • Paul: 11
  • Christie: 9
  • Bush: 8
  • Carson: 6
  • Huckabee: 5
  • Ryan: 5
  • Cruz: 5

Without Romney:

  • Christie: 16
  • Paul: 16
  • Bush: 14
  • Carson: 9
  • Huckabee: 8
  • Ryan: 7
  • Cruz: 5

A new Bloomberg Politics poll has found that New Hampshire Republican primary voters heavily prefer Mitt Romney to the current crop of candidates but most are willing to settle for Rand Paul, Chris Christie, or Jeb Bush.

The poll, conducted between November 12 and November 18, sampling 407 likely GOP primary voters, found that 30 percent of respondents would vote for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination.

With Romney in the picture, only Kentucky Senator Rand Paul garners double-digit support, finishing a distant second with 11 percent.

If Romney doesn’t run, 19 percent of Romney supporters say they’ll back Paul, 22 percent say they prefer New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and 20 percent say they’ll vote for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Without Romney in the picture, Christie and Paul lead the pack with 16 percent of the vote apiece, roughly half of what Romney would command. Bush is right on their heels with 14 percent while Tea Party favorite Ben Carson is at 9 percent, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is at 8 percent, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is at 7 percent, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is at 5 percent, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is at 4 percent, and Texas Governor Rick Perry is at 3 percent.

If Romney does run, the general election in New Hampshire could be much closer than it appears otherwise.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Romney by just one point, 46-45, in New Hampshire. By comparison, she leads Bush with a 47-39 margin and Paul with a 48-41 margin.

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)