New Hampshire Polls Show Romney, McCain Leading; Await Iowa Impact

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 3,

Concord, NH ( — Looking ahead to the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday, the current polls in the Granite State show Mitt Romney and John McCain leading, but the surveys haven’t yet taken into account the results in Iowa. There, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee captured first place with 34 percent of the vote.

Romney finished second with 25 percent, Thompson third with 13 percent and McCain fourth with 13 percent.

Polls in New Hampshire have had Romney and McCain in the lead for the last two weeks but no new surveys are out that take into account the result of Iowa.

Currently, two new pre-Iowa surveys out Friday — from Suffolk University and Zogby International — have conflicting results.

Suffolk shows Romney ahead of McCain 29-25 percent among Republican voters with Huckabee third at 13 percent, Giuliani at 9, Paul with 8 and Thompson with two percent.

Zogby has McCain in the lead with a 34-30 percentage point advantage over Romney, Huckabee at 10, Giuliani 9, Paul 7, and Thompson two.

A key question for New Hampshire will be how much of a shot in the arm the Iowa victory is for Huckabee in a state where pro-life voters aren’t as numerous. Another is whether Mitt Romney will drop in the polls there given the more distant second place showing in Iowa than political observers expected.

A third New Hampshire survey released on Thursday showed McCain leading.

The Franklin Pierce poll has McCain with 37 percent of the GOP, Romney with 31, Giuliani 10, Paul 6, Huckabee 5 and Thompson at two.