Romney, Clinton candidacies lead their parties, polls show

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the Republican presidential field by double-digit percentage points in New Hampshire, the site of the nation's first primary, according to polls conducted since the state's first debates last week and made available to McClatchy Newspapers and NBC News.

The poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research found that Romney had the support of 27 percent of likely primary voters. Sen. John McCain of Arizona had 16 percent, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani had 15 percent and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson had 12 percent.

Among Democrats, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York had 26 percent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois had 21 percent, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards had 18 percent and Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico had 9 percent.

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