CNN Poll: Romney Leading, Santorum Surging
4:16 PM, Dec 28, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The latest CNN poll of Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans show Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, in the lead in both states. The New Hampshire poll confirms Romney's long-held advantage over his GOP opponents at 44 percent, 9 points up from a similar poll conducted by CNN earlier this month.
In Iowa, where he has struggled to break from the pack, Romney leads his rivals at 25 percent, with Texas congressman Ron Paul in close second with 22 percent support. Both Romney and Paul are up 5 points from CNN's poll of Iowa earlier in December.
Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, may be seeing his 99-county tour of Iowa paying off, jumping 11 points to reach 16 percent support, while former House speaker Newt Gingrich has faced a precipitous fall, getting only 14 percent of Iowa Republicans, down from 33 percent.
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