GOP presidential hopefuls duke it out in CNN debate

Front-runner Romney declared winner

Seven Republican presidential contenders gathered to debate in New Hampshire on Monday night, spending much of their time attacking President Barack Obama. Although the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum declared victory, a survey of GOP insiders found former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was the biggest winner. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released before the debate, Romney is the choice of 24 per cent of Republicans, with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin coming in second at 20 per cent, followed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Palin and Giuliani have not announced they will join the race.


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