Poll: Christie, Paul Lead 2016 GOP Presidential Field In New Hampshire

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells a funny story about Ilene St. John Monday, July 29, 2013, in Morristown, N.J., at a ceremony naming the Morris County clerk of the board's office after Ilene St. John.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are virtually tied at the head of the likely Republican 2016 presidential field in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.

The Public Policy Polling survey released on Wednesday has Paul with 20 percent support among New Hampshire primary voters and Christie with 19 percent. Behind those two are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 14 percent, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) with 12 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with 10 percent and both Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) and Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) were tied at 7 percent.

The latest poll is a dramatic change from April when PPP found Rubio lead with 25 percent support. Support for Paul also dropped 8 percentage points from the April poll. For Christie, the most recent poll showed increased support. In April, PPP found he had 14 percent of likely voters. Similarly, Bush’s support was at 7 percent in the previous poll.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 14 to 16 among 1,038 New Hampshire voters. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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