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Romney leads in New Hampshire; Bachmann second

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney works the crowd as he marches in the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H., Monday, July 4, 2011. Jim Cole

Mitt Romney continues to hold a strong lead over Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire, according to the latest WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. But newcomer Rep. Michele Bachmann has shot into second place just weeks after announcing her candidacy.

In the poll, 35 percent of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire said they would vote for Romney. Bachmann came in a distant second, with 12 percent.

Tied for third place were Rep. Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani at 7 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who like Giuliani has not declared a presidential run, got 4 percent.

As in last week's Iowa poll, the New Hampshire results suggest Tim Pawlenty's campaign still isn't getting traction. He is tied with Sarah Palin at 3 percent.

Despite spending a lot of time in the state in recent weeks - and declaring New Hampshire a must-win state - Jon Huntsman got only two percent, tying him with Herman Cain. Newt Gingrich got 1 percent, while Rick Santorum was below 1 percent.

The poll also asked which Republican candidate voters would not support under any circumstances. Palin led with 23 percent, followed by Gingrich at 16 percent and Ron Paul with 12 percent.