Interesting numbers coming out of New Hampshire tonight:
The poll of 273 GOP voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state took place at the state Republican committee meeting in Derry, where members also selected a “tea party”-backed candidate as the new state chairman over an establishment choice.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who placed second in the 2008 New Hampshire primary, led the field of 20 potential candidates with 35% of the vote, well ahead of second-place finisher Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 11%.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has visited the state several times in the last year, placed third with 8%. Palin won 7% of the vote, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) with 5% each.
A 24 point lead is pretty commanding. We’ll see how it holds up as the real primary approaches.