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Announcing the new NBC News/Marist poll

NBC News and the Marist College Poll announced today that they are teaming up to survey the early GOP nominating contests -- like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina -- for the primary season.

This partnership will be in addition to NBC's national NBC/WSJ poll.

Per a press release:

NBC News and Marist College are pleased to announce the launch of a polling partnership, the NBC News/Marist Poll, for the 2012 Republican primary season.

The NBC News/Marist Poll will gauge public opinion throughout this fall in key Republican primary and caucus states and track the campaign for the Republican nomination next spring.

"With the diversity of states in play in this year's Republican race, let alone for the general election, it's important for NBC News to have a partner who will bring academic and statistical rigor to the difficult task of state polling. Marist is that partner," says Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent.