I wish I could be at the debate——– is anybody from RedMass going to comment?
Gallup: Romney Widens Lead Ahead of Debate By Rebecca Kaplan Updated: June 13, 2011 | 8:46 a.m. June 13, 2011 | 7:54 a.m.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has widened his lead among the field of Republican presidential hopefuls ahead of the first Republican debate in New Hampshire Monday night, according to a new Gallup poll. He has the support of 24 percent of Republicans surveyed from June 8 to 11, a significant jump from the 17 percent he garnered just two weeks earlier.
The jump represents an increasingly wide lead over the voters’ second choice, Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, who has not announced intentions to run in the 2012 race, gained just 1 percent of support between the two polls, coming in with 16 percent of Republican votes in the June update.
If Palin chose not to run at all, Gallup determined Romney's lead would grow even wider. In the May poll, with Palin excluded, he had 19 percent support from Republicans. That grew to 27 percent in the June poll that left her out, with candidate Herman Cain coming in second with only 10 percent.