As the Republican candidates prepare for their first debate Monday night in New Hampshire, two new polls show Mitt Romney leading the Republican primary field.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows the former Massachusetts governor getting 24 percent with independents and Republicans, four points ahead of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
Rudy Giuliani, who had been placing first in previous CNN/Opinion Research Corporation polls, gets 16 percent.
“For Romney, his official announcement of his candidacy on June 2 moved him to the top of the GOP list,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Palin took the opposite tack, acting like a candidate but staying far away from any official declaration, but her well-publicized bus tour from the nation’s capital to the Northeast made her share of the GOP vote grow seven points from late May.”
Romney also takes 24 percent in Monday’s USA Today/Gallup poll, up seven points from May.
In the Gallup survey, Palin is in second place with 16 percent, and Herman Cain is in third place with 9 percent.
Monday is Romney’s first debate appearance, but neither Palin nor Giuliani will be on the stage at St. Anselm College.
The CNN survey of 1,015 adults, including 433 GOP voters and GOP-leaning independents was conducted June 3-7. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The Gallup survey was conducted June 8-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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