Sept. 07– Donald Trump is maintaining strong polling numbers in the GOP presidential primary race, while two other non-establishment candidates are seeing big gains.
According to an NBC/Marist poll released yesterday, Trump now holds a 16-point lead in New Hampshire with 28 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 12 percent, neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 11 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 8 percent and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 6 percent.
But in Iowa, the poll shows a surge of support for Carson and Fiorina — after Fiorina failed to crack the top 10 to qualify for last month’s first prime-time GOP debate.
Trump leads with 29 percent in Iowa, but Carson has closed in on his lead with 22 percent. Bush drew 6 percent while Fiorina,Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are in a three-way tie for fourth place with 5 percent each.
In a Monmouth University poll released last week, Trump and Carson tied with 23 percent of the support each from Iowa caucus-goers. Fiorina placed third with 10 percent.
Last week, in hypothetical head-to-head matchups against Hillary Clinton, polls showed Trump, Carson and Fiorina all in virtual dead heats with the former secretary of state.
A Public Policy Polling survey released last week showed Carson tied with Clinton at 44 percent in a general election matchup. Trump and Fiorina are also in a dead heat with Clinton, each trailing her by two points in a general election matchup, within the poll’s 3 percent margin of error.
On the Democratic side, the latest NBC/Marist poll also has Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with a 9-point lead over Clinton among New Hampshire voters, besting Clinton with 41 percent to her 32 percent.
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