Mitt Romney reclaimed a firm grasp on the New Hampshire primary, leading the rest of the GOP presidential field by more than a two-to-one margin, according to a Boston Globe poll released on Sunday.
Romney has the support of 39 percent of likely New Hampshire primary voters, according to the poll. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul came in a distant second, with 17 percent each.
Jon Huntsman, who has staked his candidacy on the Granite State, moved into double digits for the first time, at 11 percent. None of the other candidates broke into double figures.
But Romney seems to have reclaimed the momentum in the state, as he also leads the field as the favorite second choice among voters, taking 22 percent compared to Gingrich’s 21 percent, Paul’s 9 percent, and Huntsman’s 7 percent.
New Hampshire voters view Romney as the best candidate to beat President Obama in the 2012 election by a wide margin. Fifty-five percent said Romney has the best shot against Obama. The only other candidate to break double digits in that category is Gingrich, at 18 percent.
Gingrich is a polarizing figure to New Hampshire voters. Twenty percent said they would not vote for the former House Speaker under any circumstances, followed 17 percent who said the same for Paul, 14 percent for Michele BachmannMichele BachmannEx-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Will Trump back women’s museum? MORE, 11 percent for Rick Perry, and 9 percent for Romney.
New Hampshire will be the second state to vote in the Republican presidential race on Jan. 10.