(PPP) PPP's newest national poll finds Mitt Romney leading the Republican candidate field, although not by a particularly substantial amount. He's at 21% to 17% for Jeb Bush, 15% for Ben Carson, 11% for Scott Walker, 9% each for Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, 7% for Chris Christie, 4% for Rand Paul, and 2% for Rick Perry.
Romney's leading based on a formula that sounds pretty similar to a lot of 2012 polls. He isn't the top choice among 'very conservative' voters, getting 16% to Cruz's 19% and Carson's 18%. And he isn't the top choice among moderates either, getting 22% to Bush's 28%. But where he does have a substantial advantage is with 'somewhat conservative' voters, the center of the Republican primary electorate, where he gets 27% to 18% each for Bush and Carson.
If Romney doesn't run for President and his supporters are reallocated to their second choices, Bush leads with 21% to 16% for Carson, 14% for Walker, 12% for Huckabee, and 10% for Cruz.
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