Poll: Trump with big lead on NH primary eve
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Donald Trump holds a commanding lead a day ahead of the New Hampshire primary, a new poll finds.

A new Emerson College poll found that Trump leads the GOP field with 31 percent. Trump, who came in second place at last week’s Iowa caucuses, has maintained his lead ahead of the Granite State primary.


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush comes in second place at 16 percent, but the next three GOP rivals trail closely behind him. Ohio Gov. John Kasich follows with 13 percent, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioJudd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come Nikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio MORE (R-Fla.) at 12 percent, and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump changes mean only wealthy immigrants may apply, says critic The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Viral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate MORE (R-Texas) at 11 percent.

The survey, which was conducted from Thursday to Sunday and included the weekend’s GOP debate, showed a shift in the race as Bush saw a bump on Sunday and Rubio dipped in the wake of the debate. Rubio, who’s emerged as an establishment favorite after a strong showing in Iowa, faced criticism, particularly from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, at Saturday’s debate.

Other polls released earlier on Monday found Trump leading, but with Rubio or Cruz in second place.

A University of Massachusetts-Lowell/7 News survey found Trump with 21 percent and Rubio and Cruz tied with 13 percent. A CNN/WMUR tracking poll showed the real estate mogul with 31 percent and Rubio in second place with 17 percent.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Judd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come MORE (I-Vt.) leads Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: report MORE by double digits, 54 to 42 percent. The poll found that the Vermont senator defeated Clinton in four out of five age groups.

Sanders’s biggest lead was 41 points among young voters between the ages of 18 to 34. Clinton beat Sanders, 53 to 43 percent, among senior citizens who are 75 years or older.

Clinton edged Sanders out by a razor-thin margin in last week’s Iowa caucuses. Sanders is viewed as the prohibitive favorite going into the Granite State primary.

The Emerson poll was conducted from Feb. 4 to 7. The poll surveyed 686 likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points. The poll also surveyed 783 likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.