Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains up huge in New Hampshire in a poll conduced before the results of the Iowa GOP caucuses were known. Romney gets 43 percent of the Suffolk University tracking poll of New Hampshire, which combined 250 interviews of likely Republican voters over Monday and Tuesday. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who finished third in Iowa gets 14 percent as the only other candidate in double digits. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 9 percent and former Ambassador and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman finished with 7.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the big surprise in Iowa, gets 6 percent in the poll, which is double his typical score in the New Hampshire polling over the last few months.
Suffolk pollsters said the race was still moving. “The percentage of voters remaining undecided has increased three points, to 16 percent, suggesting that voters are reevaluating the second tier of contenders,” they wrote.
“The decline of Huntsman and Paul vote counts are primarily responsible for the spike in the undecided count,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in a release. “This means that some voters who previously supported Huntsman and Paul are now undecided. While these voters may ultimately return to Huntsman and Paul, they may also be looking to reevaluate the field post-Iowa caucus to determine the maximum impact for their respective votes.”