“The early field of GOP presidential contenders has already lost three high-profile members, and with Newt Gingrich’s bid hanging by a thread, Republican activists are pressuring the unannounced to declare their intentions, in hopes of bolstering the party’s lineup,” the Boston Globe writes, adding, “An Associated Press poll this month indicated that 45 percent of GOP voters are dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field. GOP leaders worry the party will squander a chance to win the White House unless it has a candidate able to excite the Republican base and inspire grass-roots support and donations.” The potentials: Mitch Daniels, Sarah Palin, Jon Huntsman, and Michele Bachmann. There’s a “draft Jim DeMint” movement, and Rush Limbaugh wants Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run.
ROMNEY: A Suffolk poll shows Romney leading with Huckabee and Trump out of the race. He gets 20%, Sarah Palin 12%, Gingrich 9%, Giuliani 7%, Paul 5%, Bachmann 4%, Cain 4%, Daniels 4%, Pawlenty 3%, Santorum 3%.