Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Republican voters haven’t given up on Mitt Romney for president, putting him at the head of the pack of the potential GOP field for 2016 in a new national poll.

Mr. Romney led with 19 percent support in the Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 11 percent. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and famed neurosurgeon and conservative commentator Ben Carson tied in fourth place with 8 percent.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to dominate with 57 percent support from her party’s voters in the poll. Liberal firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts placed a distant second with 13 percent, followed by Vice President Joseph Biden with 9 percent.

Mr. Romney, who ran twice before and was the 2012 GOP standard-bearer who lost to President Obama, has shied from talk of another run. But Republican insiders speculate he will jump in the race if Mr. Bush stays on the sidelines.

No other Republican in the crowded field of potential contenders topped 6 percent in the poll, which found 16 percent of primary voters still undecided.

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