Romney Leads First New Hampshire GOP Primary Poll

The New Hampshire primary is just over a year away and will be here before you know it. However, the action hasn’t even gotten underway as far as candidates officially positioning themselves, so take this for what it’s worth:

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in New Hampshire in the early stages of the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, according to a new survey commissioned by NH Journal and conducted by Magellan Strategies. The survey is the first statewide survey of Granite State Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in 2011.

Romney leads former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by 23 points, with Romney earning 39% and Palin earning 16%. Mike Huckabee (10%), Newt Gingrich (8%), Texas Congressman Ron Paul (7%), former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (4%), Rick Santorum (3%) and MS Gov. Haley Barbour (1%) all trail significantly behind. Romney finished second to Sen. John McCain in the 2008 New Hampshire Republican Presidential primary.

None of the candidates in the survey have publicly announced their candidacy for president but all have said they are seriously considering a bid.

Any Romney fans here? I’ve never been able to get over the time he tried to out-Kennedy Ted Kennedy:

Teddy later sued Mitt for copyright infringement.

As for Gingrich, I don’t know if I’ll ever get past this sucker punch:

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Huckabee? I’d be too afraid that his running mate would be Michelle Obama.

As it stands now, put me down for Sarah until convinced otherwise.

Update: I’ve heard from a couple of readers about problems with the comments. I’m looking into it but so far can’t find anything out of sorts, even though there obviously is something wrong. I’m guessing there’s a massive slowdown in the comments mechanism and at some point they’ll all show up, but I’m not sure yet. I’m getting the regular email report showing comments being submitted, but they’re not posting to the blog — except for my “test” comment. Strange.

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