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Gingrich Closes to Within 2 Points of Romney in New Hampshire

1:32 PM, Nov 18, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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A new poll shows that, over the past month, Mitt Romney’s lead over Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire has shrunk from 35 points to 2. A month ago, a Magellan Strategies poll (a Republican poll) showed that Romney had the support of 41 percent of potential Republican primary voters in the Granite State, while Gingrich had 6 percent support. Now, the poll shows that 29 percent of respondents favor Romney, while 27 percent favor Gingrich. 

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich’s new supporters are apparently a mix of former Herman Cain supporters (as Cain dropped from 20 to 10 percent support), former Romney supporters (as Romney dropped 12 points), and former undecided respondents (as the number of undecided respondents dropped from 8 to 3 percent).

Last month, the poll showed Romney’s net favorability rating among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents to be +46 percent (68 to 22 percent), while Gingrich’s was 0 (45 to 45 percent). Now, Romney and Gingrich are tied in net favorability rating, at +28 percent apiece (60 to 32 percent for Romney, 59 to 31 percent for Gingrich). 

Ron Paul’s support is up from 10 percent last month to 16 percent this month, putting him in 3rd place.  (Ron Paul has a +17 net approval rating — 49 to 32 percent.)  Jon Huntsman, whose campaign has focused heavily on New Hampshire, is up from 6 to 8 percent, putting him in 5th place (behind Cain in 4th).

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