Dec 18, 2015 10:23 AM

Trump remains clear front runner in NH in new poll; Clinton-Sanders knotted up

CONCORD -- Donald Trump remains the man to beat here in New Hampshire in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a new poll.

Trump's at 26% support among likely Republican primary voters in the Granite State, according to a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald survey released Friday. The poll was conducted both before and after Tuesday's GOP debate in Las Vegas, which was the last showdown between the Republican White House contenders this year.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were each at 12%, with New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie at 11% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10%. Ohio Gov. John Kasich's at 8%, with former business CEO Carly Fiorina at 6%, famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 5%, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 3%. Everyone else in the 14 candidate GOP field was at one percent or less.

In the race for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont stood at 48%, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 46%. Sanders' two point edge was well with in the poll's sampling error. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was at just two percent.

The survey's release comes one day before the Democratic candidates face off at a debate at St. Anselm College.

The poll was conducted Dec. 13-17.

Read the poll


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