Mitt Romney surged to 23% of registered Republican voters and a 10 point lead over his nearest rivals in the latest Fox News poll. Second and third places went to Rudy Giuliani at 13% and Sarah Palin at 12%, two individuals who are not yet candidates. Romney’s closest competitors among the announced candidates were Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich at 7% each. Michele Bachmann (5%), Tim Pawlenty (5%), Rick Santorum (4%) and Ron Paul (4%) were being left far behind.
The Fox News poll confirms the recent ABC News poll which placed Romney first with 21% and the Quinnipiac poll which showed Romney at 25%. Palin was second in both of those polls. Based on these latest results, Romney has now established himself as the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination.