Mitt Romney’s poll numbers in Iowa low
Public Policy Polling surveyed Iowa voters on potential Republican 2012 presidential candidates and found former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with a twelve-point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Huckabee leads with 30 percent, Romney gets 18 percent, Sarah Palin nets 15 percent, Newt Gingrich has 15 percent, Ron Paul has 6 percent, and Tim Pawlenty, John Thune and Mitch Daniels all get under five percent.
Romney visited the state early and frequently in 2008 and lost by nine points to Mike Huckabee, all while spending $238 per vote in Iowa. Eventual nominee, Sen. John McCain, on the other hand, largely ignored the state and came in fourth in the Iowa Caucus. He then won the New Hampshire primary for a second time, which became a springboard for the nomination.
Romney is also well-liked in New Hampshire. He has a double-digit lead in a recent New Hampshire Journal poll, and he was the governor of Massachusetts for four years, which has an overlapping media market in southern New Hampshire.
The case for him to devote minimal resources — in turn, lowering expectations — to Iowa and win in New Hampshire looks clearer from this poll. But his plans are unclear at this point. Romney last visited Iowa when he campaigned for then-gubernatorial candidate (now governor) Terry Branstad on October 26, 2010.