New Hampshire polling prefers Romney

Author: Rachel McNeill, Anchor/Medical Expert, rmcneill@kprc.com
Published On: Jan 09 2012 01:38:48 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 09 2012 05:36:12 PM CST
MANCHESTER, N.H. -

In Decision 2012, the first primary of the election season is now only one day away.

The final campaign push is on in New Hampshire before the polls open Tuesday, and a lot is at stake.

Mitt Romney stands to make history, but as we learned in Iowa, in politics, you don't take anything for granted.

Newt Gingrich seemed at ease heading into a town hall meeting in Manchester, N.H..

It was a stark contract from a tense NBC News debate Sunday night when he spared with frontrunner Romney.

In the debate, Romney said, "I went to Massachusetts to make a difference. I didn't go there to make a political career, running time and time again."

Gingrich replied, "Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney?"

There is no question Romney has a target on his back having come away with the top prize in Iowa, if only by the skin of his teeth.

In New Hampshire, he'll have to watch out for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas.

Paul's wife, Carol, told Local 2, "It's unbelievable and it just spurs Ron on. It's a great thing just to see the look in the people's eyes who care so deeply about our country and they know that Ron cares about this country and it's just marvelous."

According to a recent Suffolk University Political Research Center poll, Romney's down slightly with 33 percent of the vote.  Paul has 20 percent.  Jon Huntsman has 13 percent.

In the bottom half: Gingrich, Rick Santorum, then Gov. Rick Perry falls dead last.

Twelve percent are undecided.

SU Political Research Center Director David Paleologos told Local 2, "We found that the highest undecided was women 18 to 44 years of age, 19 percent versus 12 percent statewide, so that's a big number and that's a number that obviously candidates will be targeting in the next 24 hours."

If Romney picks up another win in New Hampshire, it'll be the first time a non-incumbent has won both Iowa and New Hampshire.