Romney Beats Obama in NH Poll
Of course, 78% of potential GOP voters haven't entirely made up their mind
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2011 8:05 AM CST
Mitt Romney speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – The 2012 presidential race is already heating up: A new poll shows that Mitt Romney is the frontrunner in New Hampshire, beating President Obama in a hypothetical race by 49% to 41%. Romney, not surprisingly, is also the leading Republican, coming out well ahead of other potential candidates. While a large majority of likely voters still haven't decided who they'll back, 40% said they'd vote for Romney. The second-place finisher, Rudy Giuliani, trailed at 10%, WMUR reports.

It went down from there: Sarah Palin, for example, got 5% of the hypothetical vote, ahead of Donald Trump at 3%. But 78% of those potential voters said they haven't made a final decision, and only 7% claimed they had. Meanwhile, only 65% of likely Democratic voters said they'll vote to re-elect Obama, while 27% are undecided. But in the Boston Globe, Michael J Bailey notes that "any poll this early in the election season ... is nothing more than political hardtack for old political salts to chew upon."