The Washington Times - December 26, 2011, 10:27AM

Below is a sampling of recent polls taken for the upcoming GOP caucus and primary states this month. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are still in a relative three way fight for the number one position in Iowa with Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican. 

After Iowa, though, Romney goes into a double digit lead in New Hampshire and is currently expected to win the state’s primary. Other candidates are fighting for a strong second or third place finish just to stay competitive and keep donations flowing in while maintaining delegates in upcoming states.

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Although Mr. Gingrich, like Perry, Santorum, Bachmann, and Huntsman, did not get on the Virginia ballot, he is polling well in South Carolina and Florida. Virginia’s primary is not until March, so Mr. Gingrich is likely hoping he takes momentum from these states into the later weeks of the primary.

In the meantime, Bachmann, Perry, Santorum, and Huntsman are looking to pull off their own surprises. Santorum is betting he will at least be competitive in Iowa as does Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Like any other campaign we will see which candidates will drop as money is donated or dries up, delegates are released, and deals are made among candidates behind the scenes. 

2012 Iowa Republican Caucuses - 12/21/11   CAUCUS DAY - JAN.3, 2012

Romney - 25%

Paul - 20%

Gingrich - 17%

Perry - 10%

Santorum - 10%

Bachmann - 6%

Huntsmann - 4%

 

New Hampshire Republican Primary Boston Globe Poll - 12/25/11 PRIMARY DAY JAN.10, 2012

Romney - 39%

Paul - 17%

Gingrich - 17%

Huntsmann - 3%

Santorum - 10%

Bachmann - 2%

Perry - 1%

 

South Carolina Republican Primary Clemson University Poll - 12/19/11 PRIMARY DAY JAN. 21, 2012

Gingrich - 38%

Romney - 21%

Paul - 10%

Bachmann - 5%

Perry - 5%

Huntsmann - 3%

Santorum - 2%

 

Florida Republican Primary NBC News/ Marist Poll - 12/2011 PRIMARY DAY JAN. 31, 2012

Gingrich - 39%

Romney - 26%

Paul - 9%

Bachmann - 4%

Perry - 4%

Huntsman - 2%

Santorum - 1%