Rivals surge behind Trump in NH poll
© Getty Images

Several rivals are bunching together behind Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, according to a Friday poll.

Trump is supported by 26 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the latest Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce University poll, a 2-point dip from the same poll in October, but still well ahead of any other contender.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio Rubio10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable George Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers return to work as Dem candidates set to debate Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria MORE (Texas) have jumped to second place, with 12 percent apiece in the new poll, followed closely by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 11 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes 8 percent support.

Cruz and Rubio have essentially doubled their support in the poll in the past two months, from 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Candidates have been clawing for top spots in New Hampshire, which holds its first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9. Republicans sparred in their fifth debate on Tuesday.

Christie has seen a bit of momentum in the state recently, following a focus on national security after the Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., attacks, and has pulled within other candidates there after polling at 3 percent in October.

The survey of 430 likely GOP primary voters was conducted from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17 with a margin of error of 4.7 points.