Poll: Bush creeps up to 2nd place in NH
© Greg Nash

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has climbed to second place in New Hampshire's Republican presidential race, according to a poll released Thursday.

The NH1 News poll showed Bush with 11.9 percent support among likely primary voters, just ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's 11.8 percent.

Front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE maintained his commmanding lead over the field with 31.7 percent.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was fourth place at 11 percent, followed by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who are both at 10 percent.

Next up is businesswoman Carly Fiorina at five percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at four percent and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at three percent.

Trump holds an even bigger lead among GOP female voters with 39 percent support, and Bush a distant second at 14 percent.

The random telephone poll surveyed 416 Republican voters and has a margin of error of 3 percent.