By Roger Stone When Mitt Romney had his high powered Finance committee phone call last week a full five minutes of a 25 minute call were spent on Donald Trump. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has Romney barely leading a surging Trump in New Hampshire. The sudden spate of interest in the New York real estate developer has knocked Romney off-stride. Among Republican primary voters in the WSJ/NBC Poll, Mr. Romney captured the support of 21% in a broad, nine-candidate field. Mr. Trump was tied for second with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with 17%. House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 11%, just ahead of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's 10%. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a strong contender by political handicappers, remains largely unknown, with just 6% support. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota had 5%, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 3%, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour with just 1%. Romney is widely expected to pass on the Iowa caucuses hoping to begin a winning streak in New Hampshire. Trump could frustrate his plans by doing better than expected in Iowa and beating Romney in Granite State. In the Romney finance call Spencer Zwick, who is Romney's Finance Chairman responded to a question saying that Trump "is an interesting prospect in the race and has high name recognition which is what explains his poll numbers. When the voters take a closer look at his actual business record as well his personal life, then Trump will be on the defensive. He isn't facing any scrutiny now and is able to get on a lot of TV exposure. In some ways, we are happy because even against Trump, Gov. Romney remains as the front runner with a lot of room to grow. Trump has a ceiling of support in the primary." Footnote: Zwick's father is one of the Twelve, who are the living patrons of the Mormon church. The back story is that the Zwicks are Romney backers within the Twelve against the Huntsman faction, controlling 7 against Huntsman's 5. Huntsman is a former Utah Governor and Obama Ambassador to China.