Check out these fresh New Hampshire primary poll numbers from the estimable American Research Group of Manchester.
These numbers parallel the findings of WBZ-TV’s most recent Fast Track survey, to the delight of the Romney campaign, no doubt. What’s happening? Romney’s “gains” (if that’s what you can call movement in such early polls) seem to be coming at the expense of Newt Gingrich, who isn’t running, and Rudy Giuliani, who apparently is. More to the point are two factors: Romney’s aggressive, well-oiled machinery is making all the right moves (double entendre intended), and New Hampshire Republicans are a bit shell-shocked from the historic losses they suffered last fall. They’re looking for the most electable candidate they can find. Given the long track record of governors winning the presidency at a far greater clip than senators, and Romney’s central-casting persona and biography, he’s an early frontrunner in the electability derby. And that’s a very nice place to be.