Mitt Romney is way ahead of the rest of the Republican contenders for the 2012 nomination in a New Hampshire poll by Public Policy Polling (PPP), winning with 39 percent of registered Republican voters, 26 points ahead of second place Sarah Palin's 13 percent.
Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich tied for third in the poll with 11 percent each, while Ron Paul comes in fifth, preferred by 7 percent of poll respondents.
"[A]nd if anyone out of the unlikely trio of Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, and Rick Santorum was somehow able to win the state they'd be able to say in their victory speech that they started at nothing -- Pawlenty registers at 3% with Barbour and Santorum at just 1%," PPP's Tom Jensen said on the pollster's blog.
The huge lead for Romney is not surprising in New Hampshire: Romney was formerly governor of neighboring Massachusetts and has spent a lot of time in the state, after losing the 2008 primary there to John McCain.
It's just one poll, but it supports the notion that Romney is the (very) early favorite for the GOP nomination.