Days ago, reports revealed that Ron Paul is in a dead heat in the Iowa caucus with Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich. Since then, Paul has also gained support in New Hampshire, where he is now in second place in the polls.
A Bloomberg News New Hampshire poll reveals that Paul currently sits at 17 percent in New Hampshire, surpassing the new GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich, who garnered 11 percent of the vote, and Herman Cain, who received just 7 percent. The only candidate ahead of Paul is Mitt Romney, who sits comfortably at 40 percent.
Bloomberg News reports, “New Hampshire is the focal point of Romney’s campaign strategy. If he can win Iowa and New Hampshire, it could put him on a clear path to the nomination. And if he loses Iowa, a New Hampshire victory will be his firewall.”
“You just don’t have any volatility in these numbers. He’s liked and widely liked,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the New Hampshire poll.
Because Romney has made New Hampshire a focal point of his campaign, however, Paul’s second place finish in the primary would reflect a strong showing of support.
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