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Tim who? New Hampshire GOPers not exactly wowed

Posted by: under Minnesota governor, National campaigns Updated: April 22, 2010 - 7:31 AM

Could be Gov. Tim Pawlenty needs to book more face time with Republicans in New Hampshire if he's serious about running for president in 2012.

In a repeat of his performance in a slew of recent presidential horse race polls, Pawlenty is mired in the low single digits in a new survey of likely GOP primary voters. Just 3 percent say they would vote for him, according to Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-affiliated polling firm.

That relegated him to what the poll calls "asterisk" territory, along with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

 In the poll, which has a margin of sampling error of 3.9 percentage points, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was supported by 39 percent of New Hampshire Republicans, despite the fact that he was stomped in the 2008 primary. That put him 26 points ahead of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were tied at 11 percent.

Pawlenty has been crisscrossing the country (including a New Hampshire stop), ostensibly to help GOPers during the current election cycle. According to the polling firm's blog, "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."

 

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