N.H. Republicans: 'Where's Palin?'

Speculation over the presidential prospects of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has reached a fever pitch thanks to her recent stops in Iowa and second nationwide book tour. But Palin has been largely absent in New Hampshire, something that hasn't gone unnoticed by Granite State Republicans.

Several local GOP officials told the Boston Herald that Palin's lack of visibility in the state is a major issue if she's serious about a run for the Republican nomination in 2012. 

"A lot of people are surprised Palin hasn’t made a visit or contact," the Herald quoted Manchester GOP chairman Cliff Hurst as saying. "Maybe she’s getting enough press as it is."

Even in Iowa, where Palin has made a handful of stops already this year, the former governor's lack of accessibility to local activists and GOP officials has been an issue with some. 

As one GOP strategist pointed out, given the nature of Palin's base she's not the type of Republican who typically catches on in New Hampshire. But a loss in the Granite State's primary is one sure way to blunt the momentum of a win in the Iowa caucuses. 

Palin was mum on her presidential prospects during her trip to Iowa last week, declining to even offer a timeframe for a decision. 

The latest poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy shows Palin perched atop a tightly bunched field of 2012 GOP hopefuls. The former governor earned 21 percent of the vote to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's 19 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 18 percent.