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New Hampshire GOP poll: Pawlenty third with 7 percent

He didn’t get big numbers — just 7 percent — but former Minnesota Gov.

He didn’t get big numbers — just 7 percent — but former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed third in the latest Granite State Poll of GOP contenders for president in 2012.

And Pawlenty trails President Obama in a head-to-head comparison, the poll says.

Among Republican candidates, Mitt Romney came out on top in the poll, with 40 percent; 10 percent named former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Pawlenty was next with 7 percent, followed closely by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also had 7 percent.

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The good news for TPAW — he was also ahead of:

  • Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich — 6 percent
  • 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — 6 percent
  •  U.S. Rep. and 2008 candidate Ron Paul — 5 percent
  • Businessman Donald Trump — 3 percent
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — 1 percent
  • Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — 1 percent

The survey was conducted for WMUR by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Other poll notes:

When respondents were asked about a hypothetical race between Romney and President Obama, results showed Romney leading Obama 49 to 41 percent. But Obama led Palin 57 to 34 percent. And Obama led Pawlenty, 44 to 37 percent.