Poll: Christie jumps from 9th to 4th in NH
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has jumped from ninth place to fourth place among the GOP presidential field in New Hampshire, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Christie moved from 3 percent support in mid-October to 9 percent, according to the survey by the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP).
 
Christie also holds the highest net favorability rating of any GOP candidate, 39 points, a significant improvement from August when he was at minus 11, the poll said.
 
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“Chris Christie’s rise in New Hampshire is good news not just for him but possibly for the other candidates struggling to gain traction right now,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement. “It shows that there’s still plenty of time for people to turn their campaigns around.”
 
 
A number of polls have shown him on the rise since the influential New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed Christie’s presidential bid on Nov. 28.

The poll also found that Trump continues to lead by double digits, with 27 percent, followed by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE (R-Texas), with 13 percent, and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (R-Fla.), with 11 percent. In October, Rubio was in second place, with 12 percent.
 
Cruz is also building momentum in the Granite State, moving from sixth place, with 8 percent, in October to second, with 13 percent, in the new poll. And he was top among Trump supporters as a second choice, with 26 percent, up from 6 percent in the last poll.
 
In Thursday's poll, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson comes in fifth, with 9 percent, following Ohio Gov. John Kasich, with 8 percent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, with 6 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 5 percent, and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE, with 4 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (S.C.) and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore all register at 1 percent or less.
 
Both Bush and Kasich are losing steam in New Hampshire. Bush saw the biggest drop, falling from fifth in October to eighth in the new poll. He has a net favorability rating of minus 7.

Kasich, who’s made it a priority to focus on New Hampshire in his quest for the GOP nomination, is also dipping in the polls, falling from fourth in August and October to sixth in November.

On the Democratic side, the top two candidates are close. Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE slightly leads Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.), 44 percent to 42 percent. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley lags far behind, with 8 percent.

But Sanders has a higher favorability rating than Clinton, 66 compared with 46. 

“Hillary Clinton’s expanded her lead nationally and in most recent Iowa polls,” Debnam said. “But New Hampshire continues to be shaping up for a very competitive primary.” 

The poll was conducted from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. It surveyed 458 Democratic primary voters and has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points. The Republican poll surveyed 454 Republican primary voters via landlines and the Internet and its margin of error is also 4.6 percentage points.