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Marco Rubio dashes to third in New Hampshire poll

RubiofinMarco Rubio moved into third place - at 13 percent -  in a Monmouth University poll of Republican primary voters in New Hampshire.  Jeb Bush was supported by 7 percent of those who participated in the poll.

Still leading is Donald Trump, 26 percent; followed by Ben Carson, 16 percent.

From the Monmouth:

Donald Trump maintains his sizable lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary and Ben Carson holds onto second place, but the latest Monmouth University Poll has found a new occupant in the 3rd place slot – Marco Rubio.

GOP primary voters are also unhappy with the recent budget deal reached by Congress, and their ire is directed at both parties.

One-in-four (26%) likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire continue to back Donald Trump for the presidential nomination.

Ben Carson (16%) places second and Marco Rubio (13%) comes in third, followed closely by John Kasich (11%).

Other contenders include Ted Cruz (9%), Jeb Bush (7%), Carly Fiorina (5%), Chris Christie (5%), and Rand Paul (3%).

None of the other six candidates included in the poll registers higher than 1%. 

Most of these results are within a few points of each candidates’ vote share back in September, except for Marco Rubio whose support has tripled from 4%. In the past two months, Christie’s support has increased by 3 points, while support for Trump and Fiorina have each decreased by 2 points, all within the survey’s margin of error.

No other candidate’s vote share changed by more than one percentage point since September. When voters’ first and second choices are combined, Trump (35%), Carson (31%), and Rubio (27%) clearly stand out from the rest of the field, including Kasich (18%), Cruz (18%), Bush (17%), Fiorina (14%), and Christie (13%).


The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from October 29 to November 1, 2015 with 410 New Hampshire voters likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary. This sample has a margin of error of +4.8 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

Read the full Monmouth poll results here.


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