Mitt Romney is leading yet another GOP presidential poll as intrigue over whether he’ll run for a third time continues to grow.

The new poll from Townhall and Gravis Marketing shows Romney tops among Iowa Republicans with 21 percent of registered voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the second-highest-polling candidate with 14 percent followed by Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) at 10 percent. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFox News legal analyst says quid pro quo is 'clearly impeachable': Trump requested 'criminal' act Federal court rules baseless searches of travelers' devices unconstitutional Sunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war MORE (Texas) round out the top five with 9 percent, 8 percent and 7 percent respectively.


“Romney’s name recognition and the loyalty Republicans have for their last nominee give him a opportunity that no one else has,” Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, said about the poll’s results.

“The question is whether he will use or let the chance pass to others.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is tied at 5 percent with Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.), who announced Monday he will not run. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues MORE (Fla.) rounded out the survey with 4 percent, but 18 percent said they were uncertain. 

Gravis conducted the poll between Jan. 5 and 7, and Romney’s 2016 momentum began to swell two days after the Gravis poll closed, when he reportedly told donors he’s weighing another run. That speculation only mounted when The Washington Post reported that he spent the weekend chatting with his inner circle and other politicians to talk about the possibility.

According to the Post, Romney is already trying to chart a different path than Bush, who, along with Romney, is scoring highest on most presidential polls. The paper reports that Romney is saying he wants to run as a more conservative alternative to Bush. Both Romney and Bush are typically thought of as “establishment” candidates with similar bases of support. 

Presidential candidates typically invest significant resources into the Iowa caucuses, hoping that success during the first race in the nominating cycle gives them momentum. On the flip side, candidates who perform poorly in Iowa usually drop out soon after the election or fail to recover. 

In 2012, Romney lost by a handful of votes to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, although the winner wasn’t announced for weeks because of the tight margin. Santorum eventually finished second to Romney for the GOP nomination. 

A victory in Iowa doesn’t guarantee the party’s eventual nomination. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSteve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Sanders proposes expanded Veterans Affairs services, B to rebuild infrastructure MORE (R-Ariz.), the 2008 nominee, finished fourth that year. However, then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSaagar Enjeti rips Buttigieg for praising Obama after misquote Steyer scores endorsement from key New Hampshire activist Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism MORE (D-Ill.) used the momentum from his victory over then-Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE (D-N.Y.) to help him become the Democratic nominee.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.