Mitt Romney Gains Momentum in Final Hours

Second place will be determined by Paul and Huntsman's get-out-the-vote efforts

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Mitt Romney is holding strong in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary Tuesdaywith 37 percent of the likely vote, which represents a four point increase in his lead in the past 24 hours, according to the final Suffolk University/7News tracking poll released Tuesday morning.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul is in second place with 18 percent. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is in third place with 16 percent and seems to have momentum on his side.

They are followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 11 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 9 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer each have 1 percent.

Seven percent are undecided, which indicates that the final results could still change, especially for second place. [See pictures of the GOP 2012 candidates on the campaign trail.]

"Mitt Romney may beat his closest competitor by a two-to-one margin," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. "With two solid debate performances, Romney weathered the storm earlier this week, while no opponent made a serious run at him."

Paleologos added: "The battle for second place will be determined by which candidate has the best field organization to bring out the votes today. A good get-out-the-vote operation accounts for up to five points, which can impact an expected outcome."

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