MOGUL, REALITY STAR EMERGES AS GRANITE STATE’S “ANTI-BUSH”
|| By FITSNEWS || If Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign is a joke, somebody forgot to tell “Republicans” in early-voting New Hampshire.
The billionaire real estate mogul and reality television mega-star received the support of 11 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the Granite State, according to a new poll from Suffolk University. That puts him just behind establishment “Republican” frontrunner Jeb Bush, who received the support of 14 percent of likely primary-goers, and ahead of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (8 percent), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (7 percent), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (6 percent) and New Jersey governor Chris Christie (5 percent).
“We continue to excel in the Granite State, where my message resonates strongly with the hard working people of New Hampshire, who like me, want to Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a statement from his campaign office.
“Jeb Bush continues to lead, but Donald Trump has emerged as an anti-Jeb Bush alternative in New Hampshire,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “Many of those who like Trump are voting for him, and although many more dislike him, the unfavorables are split up among many other candidates. It’s the politics of plurality.”
How does the rest of the field stack up in New Hampshire?
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky each drew four percent support, while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Ohio governor John Kasich drew two percent support.
Six other candidates – former New York governor George Pataki, former Texas governor Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich – collectively drew just four percent.
Meanwhile a whopping 29 percent of respondents indicated they were “undecided.”
For those of you keeping score at home, Suffolk surveyed 500 likely New Hampshire Republican presidential primary voters between June 18-22, 2015, using live telephone interviews and a split sample of landline and cell phone numbers. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent.