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Rubio jumps into second in New Hampshire, new poll shows

Marco Rubio holds a town hall at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 4, 2015.

Alex Leary | Times

Marco Rubio holds a town hall at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 4, 2015.

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Marco Rubio has moved into second place in New Hampshire, according to a poll released Friday morning.

The Florida Republican trails only Donald Trump, though Trump retains a big lead, taking 30 percent of the likely Republican voters vs. Rubio's 17 percent.

But Rubio edges Iowa caucus winner Ted Cruz, who has 15 percent of the vote, according to the NBC News/WSJ/Marist poll conducted after the Iowa results.

The race remains competitive and it's worth remembering how late Iowa polls were inaccurate.

John Kasich is at 10 percent, Jeb Bush at 9 percent and Chris Christie at 4 percent.

Prior to the Iowa finish, Trump held 31 support of GOP support in New Hampshire, followed by Cruz with 12 and Rubio 11, Kasisch 11, Bush 8 and Christie 7.

The poll was conducted Feb. 2-3 of 653 likely Republican primary voters, which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.8 percentage points.

A second place finish in New Hampshire would be another momentum shot for Rubio, giving him a firmer grasp as the mainstrem Republican alternative to Trump and Cruz, who party leaders fear would lose the general election.

[Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2016 12:47am]

    

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