N.H. Poll: Romney Tops Among Possible 2016 GOP Presidential Contenders

Nov 24, 2014

Mitt Romney
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In an early, hypothetical matchup in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney leads the pack of possible Republican presidential candidates.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, got 30 percent of the vote in a poll of New Hampshire voters earlier this month.

Runners-up include Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (11 percent) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (9 percent), and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (8 percent).

The poll was conducted by Bloomberg Politics and Saint Anselm College.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was far and away the leader, with 62 percent. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was a distant second, with 16 percent.

Romney, who owns a summer home in New Hampshire, has said he has no plans to run for president again.

He was one of several high-profile Republicans to come to New Hampshire in the weeks leading up to the mid-term elections to support candidates here.

The poll was conducted Nov. 12-18 and surveyed a base sample of 500 likely 2016 general election voters, as well as 407 likely Republican presidential primary voters and 404 likely Democratic presidential primary voters.