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In N.H., Romney Leads, Cain Surges

Mitt Romney continues to have a wide lead over the rest of the field in New Hampshire, backed by 38 percent of voters in a poll released today by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.

Herman Cain is in a distant second, backed by 20 percent. But he has momentum on his side; back in September, he was backed by 4 percent and 1 percent of New Hampshire voters respectively in polls. 

Ron Paul is in third place at 13 percent. He’s followed by Newt Gingrich (5 percent), Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry (4 percent), Michele Bachmann (3 percent), Rick Santorum and Gary Johnson (1 percent). 

Many of the candidates are struggling with high unfavorability ratings. While Romney’s favorability rating exceeds his unfavorable rating by 54 points and Paul can boast a 21 point gap, Huntsman has a 4 point gap, Perry 2 points, and Bachmann’s unfavorables exceed her favorables by 2 points. 

Granite State voters are also far from definite in their vote decisions; Romney, for instance, has only 10 percent of his supporters definitely sure they will vote for him in the primary. For Cain and Paul, the same scenario occurs: only 6 percent and 4 percent of their supporters are sure.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...