Nearest rivals are polling in single digits

Steve Watson
January 3, 2011

Ron Paul

With the New Hampshire primary just one week away, two new polls have found Ron Paul is in a strong second place behind runaway leader Mitt Romney.

Romney is practically a dead cert to take the primary, and has been for some time. Consequently Paul’s campaign and his supporters will undoubtedly be encouraged by such a strong showing with just seven days before voting begins.

In a 7 News/Suffolk University daily tracking poll, conducted December 31 and January 1 and released Monday, Romney came in with 43 percent to Paul’s 17 percent.

The next nearest competitor, the poll found, was Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman who garnered 9 percent. The poll placed Newt Gingrich in fourth with 8 percent.

“New Hampshire voters are losing confidence in Gingrich, similar to recent Iowa trends, which may result in an early state one-two punch that knocks Newt out of the presidential race,” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center.

In another poll, conducted by Magellan Strategies, Romney polled at 41 percent to Paul’s 21 percent, with Huntsman and Gingrich tied at 12 percent.

Support among New Hampshire voters for Rick Santorum, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in the low single digits in both polls.

Ron paul’s figures in New Hampshire have held steady for several months now. Back in November Paul was polling second with around 17 percent.

In recent weeks the Congressman has noted that in order to continue his campaign beyond January he feels he needs a top three finish in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

At the beginning of the week, Paul released his final campaign ad before the primary takes place, to be aired all this week in the Granite State.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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