Mitt Romney continues to dominate in early polls in New Hampshire, holding onto a sizable lead in a state that is crucial for his presidential bid.

Mitt Romney continues to dominate in early polls in New Hampshire, holding onto a sizable lead in a state that is crucial for his presidential bid.

The former Massachusetts governor is favored by 35 percent of those polled, giving him a lead of more than 27 points, according to a poll released tonight by WHDH-TV.

None of the other 17 potential candidates included in the poll, which was conducted by Suffolk University, are in the double-digits.

And despite Donald Trump’s much-heralded visit to the Granite State last week, only 8 percent of those polled said they would support him. That was the same percentage as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Representative Ron Paul, a Texas Republican who Trump has said stands “zero chance” at being elected.

Trump had the worst favorability rating in the poll, with 56 percent of respondents saying they had an unfavorable view of him.

The poll comes nine months before voters head to the polls, and the field has not yet fully formed. Romney advisers also say they expect the race will certainly tighten at some point.

“Today, Mitt Romney is the clear front-runner in the New Hampshire Republican primary – but front-runner status has its drawbacks,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “He will quickly become the target, and like Hillary Clinton a year before the 2008 party primaries, being positioned as the ‘inevitable’ nominee is often followed by a decline in the polls.”

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