August 28, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Romney leads Iowa poll of presidential contenders, says he isn't running

Michigan native Mitt Romney has a large lead among possible Republican presidential hopefuls in a poll in Iowa, home of the caucuses that help kick off the 2016 primaries.

Although Romney, who lost to President Barack Obama in 2012, has said he doesnít plan on running again, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday found 35 percent of likely GOP voters supported the former Massachusetts governor when his name was added to a list of 12 Republican contenders.

The next highest was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 9 percent.

Romney was pressed Tuesday by conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt whether circumstances could change and he would run. The Cranbrook School graduate said he didnít plan to, but then acknowledged there was a slim chance.

ďAnd again, we said look, I had the chance of running. I didnít win. Someone else has a better chance than I do. And thatís what we believe, and thatís why Iím not running,Ē Romney said, according to a Hewitt show transcript. ďAnd you know, circumstances can change, but Iím just not going to let my head go there.Ē