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NH poll shows Romney slightly ahead of Obama

By Holly Ramer
Associated Press / April 20, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—A poll of New Hampshire voters shows President Barack Obama beating nearly all of the potential Republican candidates, with two exceptions: Mitt Romney and someone who isn't even considering a run.

The poll conducted by Dartmouth's Nelson A. Rockefeller Center shows Romney slightly ahead of Obama. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was added to the mix to test the perceived absence of leadership qualities among the candidates, and voters preferred him to Obama by a wide margin.

In matchups with other Republicans, Obama was well ahead of Sarah Palin, Haley Barbour, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Donald Trump and slightly ahead of Mike Huckabee.

The telephone poll of 426 registered voters was conducted April 11-14 and had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.