The University of New Hampshire poll shows Mitt Romney at 44 percent support, up five points from two weeks ago. Texas congressman Ron Paul stands at 20 percent. UNH survey center director Andy Smith says the race for now – at least -- is for third.
“But because NH voters make up their minds very late that could easily be for second, should Ron Paul slip up and or should some of the support for the non-Paul and non Romney candidate go to Santorum or Gingrich or Huntsman.”
The poll shows Rick Santorum has almost doubled his support -- he stands at at 8 percent -- since late December. Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, dropped 9 points over the same period. About half the poll’s interviews were completed before the Iowa Caucuses, half after.