Real-estate mogul Donald Trump leads in the New Hampshire Republican primary race by 20 percentage points, according to a CNN/WMUR poll released Wednesday, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has pulled into second place.
The telephone survey of 413 likely primary voters showed support for Trump at 34 percent, a slight increase from 32 percent when the same poll was carried out in December. Cruz, by contrast, has increased his vote share from 6 percent in December to 14 percent now, allowing him to edge past Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who are tied at 10 percent.
Trump’s dominant position in New Hampshire continues the trend of nearly all recent polls in the state. This contrasts with a tighter contest between Cruz and Trump in Iowa but reflects most recent national polls, in which he has consistently been a clear frontrunner. Cruz’ ascent in New Hampshire, however, is an unusual outcome in a state where polls have varied wildly in identifying the Republican runner-up, although it corresponds to a nationwide surge in support for the Texas senator that began in mid-December.
The CNN/WMUR poll surveyed 413 likely Republican voters from Jan. 13-18, with a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.