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Poll shows Clinton, Romney favored by presidential primary voters

Staff Report
March 04. 2014 4:27PM

HENNIKER -- A new poll looking ahead to potential 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary match-ups shows Hillary Clinton remaining far ahead on the Democratic side and 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, who has said he will not run again, leading a group of possible Republican contenders.

Among 346 likely Republican New Hampshire voters surveyed on Feb. 19 and 20 for New England College, Romney had a narrow lead, with 22 percent, over Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 16 percent, and New Jersey Gov. at 13 percent.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received 10 percent, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and 2012 vice presidential nominee and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan each drew 7 percent. Also, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was backed by 5 percent, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 3 percent; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum received 2 percent. According to NEC, 15 percent of those polled said  they were unsure.  The margin of error was listed at 5.25 percent.

On the Democratic side, among 318 likely first-in-the-nation primary voters, Clinton received support from 60 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 13 percent, Vice President Joe Biden at 4 percent, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at 3 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 1 percent. NEC said 19 percent reported being insure. The margin of error was 5.52 percent.

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