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 doesn’t 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 didn’t plan to, but then acknowledged there was a slim chance.
“And again, we said look, I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do. And that’s what we believe, and that’s why I’m not running,” Romney said, according to a Hewitt show transcript. “And you know, circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there.”