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2012: Romney continues to lead in NH

Mitt Romney is ahead of Rick Perry by 33 points in New Hampshire among likely voters, while Jon Huntsman jumped to 10%, according to the latest non-partisan Suffolk University/7News poll published late Wednesday, NBC’s Jo Ling Kent notes.

The full breakdown:
Mitt Romney 41%
Ron Paul 14%
Jon Huntsman 10%
Rick Perry 8%
Sarah Palin 6%
Michele Bachmann 5%
Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer 1%11% were undecided

PAUL: NBC’s Anthony Terrell reports on Ron Paul’s new TV ad: In the ad, two Vietnam veterans describe their experience during the Vietnam War and detail how Paul helped them get medals for their heroism. The ad -- entitled “He Served” -- features images of Ron Paul in uniform as a United States Air Force flight surgeon in the 1960s.

Politico reported earlier this is part of a three-week, $1 million ad buy that will run heavily on Fox News and on local broadcast networks in Iowa and New Hampshire. It will also run lightly on broadcast networks in South Carolina and Nevada.

SANTORUM: Speaking to the Aiken, South Carolina Republican Club yesterday, Rick Santorum warned the 100 or so members in attendance that “this is the most important election of your lifetime and you better get it right,” NBC’s Ali Weinberg notes. If they don’t, he continued, “You will be the generation that let freedom slip.” He said that Spain, Greece, and Italy were examples of countries that let their debt spiral out of control, in part because of outdated entitlement programs. “People are storming buildings because the government is cutting their benefits. It’s pathetic,” Santorum said.