Romney Takes Lead in New Hampshire Poll

After trailing in April, former gov pulls to the head of the GOP pack
By Ben Worthen,  Newser User
Posted Jun 13, 2007 6:10 AM CDT
Mitt Romney Holds Town Hall Meeting In New Hampshire   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The latest CNN poll in New Hampshire shows Mitt Romney leading the GOP primary pack after last week's debate, leaping from 17% to 28% of the vote. In early April, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were tied in the lead; they're still tied, but now at 20%. The rest of the pack are all in the single digits.

Some speculate that Romney's familiarity to NH voters, due to his term as the governor of nearby Massachusetts, played a role in the unexpected shift. He also rates as the most likeable, scoring with 32% of those polled, while McCain, who won the New Hampshire Republican primary in 2000, was named most likeable by only 12%. Most electable still goes narrowly to Giuliani.