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Nov 18, 2015 10:43 PM

Steinhauser: Trump remains ahead of the pack in two new NH polls; Clinton and Sanders tied

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD - Donald Trump is still the undisputed front runner in New Hampshire in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump remains far ahead of the rest of the field of GOP White House candidates in two new polls released Wednesday.

According to a Fox News Poll, 27% of likely Republican primary voters said if the contest were held today, they'd back Trump. Sen. Marco Rubio was a distant second, at 13%. The Florida Republican's poll numbers have been on the rise the past few weeks, thanks to well received performances in the last two GOP nomination debates.

Sen. Ted Crux of Texas, who's also seen his numbers rise thanks to favorable debate performances, was at 11%, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the one time front runner, at 9%, along with famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Two governors who have been spending a lot of time campaigning in New Hampshire were next in line. John Kasich of Ohio was at 7% with New Jersey's Chris Christie at 6%.

Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the 14-candidate GOP field, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, were each at 3%. Everyone else registered at 1% or less.

With a little less than three months to go until the February 9 primary, 55% of those questioned said they could change their mind on which candidate they're supporting.

Trump was also on top of the field in a WBUR poll released earlier Wednesday.

Trump was a 23% among likely GOP primary voters, with Carson and Rubio at 13%. Cruz was a 8%, with Bush and Kasich one point back. Christie was a 6%, with Paul at 5%, Fiorina at 4% and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at 2%. Everyone else registered at 1% or less.

With Trump remaining the front runner, some in the Republican establishment and donor class have pined for a third White House bid from Mitt Romney. But the 2012 GOP presidential nominee has resisted such calls since announcing in late January that he would not make another bid for president.

The WBUR poll indicates than only a third of respondents wanted Romney to run again, with nearly two-thirds saying the former Massachusetts governor should not launch another White House campaign.

Both the WBUR poll and the Fox News poll were conducted entirely after last week's fourth Republican presidential debate and after Friday's horrific terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Fox News Poll was also conducted entirely after Saturday's second Democratic presidential debate.

The survey indicates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont tied among likely Granite State Democratic primary voters.

Sanders was at 45%, with Clinton at 44% and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley a distant third at 5%.

The Fox News Poll was conducted Nov. 15-17, with a sampling error of plus or minus 5.5% points. The WBUR poll was conducted Nov. 14-15, with a sampling error or plus or minus 4.9% points.


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