Mitt Romney stills leads by 16 points in New Hampshire, but since October his lead has been cut in half.
However, Romney has a 21-point advantage over Gingrich with independents, which foreshadows the difference between what these men would do in the general election.
Jon Huntsman is in single digits.
From a new NBC News/Marist poll:
Here is how the contest stands among likely Republican primary voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate in New Hampshire:
- 39% for Mitt Romney
- 23% for Newt Gingrich
- 16% for Ron Paul
- 9% for Jon Huntsman
- 3% for Michele Bachmann
- 3% for Rick Perry
- 2% for Herman Cain
- 1% for Rick Santorum
- 4% are undecided
There’s a pattern to what’s been happening with Mitt Romney’s candidacy over the last two weeks and it’s not good. The other issue is how Romney and his team turn his trajectory and the buzz around.