New Poll Shows Romney & Gingrich in Statistical Dead Heat in New Hampshire


For the first time, a New Hampshire poll is showing presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a dead heat with a GOP rival in the home of the critical "First in the Nation" primary. According to a new automated phone survey, conducted by Magellan Strategies, Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are a surprising statistical head to head tie.

Romney is leading with 29 percent among New Hampshire Republican primary voters, while Gingrich follows with 27 percent, according to Magellan, which is inside the 3.6 percentage point margin of error.

Libertarian Ron Paul is in 3rd place at 16 percent while Georgia businessman Herman Cain holds at fourth with 10 percent.

Everyone else, including former Utah Gov. John Huntsman and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, do not reach double digits among Granite State Republicans.

In all other recent polls, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, holds a strong double digit lead in New Hampshire. For example, a Bloomberg poll taken last week shows Romney with a formidable lead, a whopping 40% among Republican voters.

Gingrich is also beefing up his organization in New Hampshire, recently adding several staffers in the state.

According to Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond, they now have a team of six.

Months ago, Gingrich had 3 consultants in New Hampshire, however they all walked after early criticism that the candidate was not engaged enough in the effort .

The Gingrich campaign heads back to the Granite State on Monday. Gingrich will outline his entitlement reform package at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

Fox News' Senior Producer Lexi Stemple contributed to this report.