Chris Christie is leading the field of GOP presidential contenders in the early primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll.

The New Jersey governor drew 21 percent support among likely Republican primary voters, nearly double the 11 percent support he received in the last WMUR Granite State poll.

Christie’s surge contrasted with a steep drop in support for Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate MORE (R-Fla.), who has faced a backlash among conservative voters for his work on immigration reform.

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Rubio mustered only 6 percent support among GOP voters in New Hampshire, a big drop from the 15 percent support he enjoyed in April.

The weak showing placed Rubio fifth in the Granite State poll, behind Christie, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' MORE (R-Ky.), former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The TRUST Act is a plot to gut Social Security behind closed doors MORE (R-Wis.).

Rubio’s personal standing has taken a hit as well. His net favorability among Republicans in New Hampshire has tumbled from 51 percent in April to just 33 percent today.


Christie, on the other hand, saw his favorability numbers tick up slightly, from30 percent in April to35 percent.

One bright spot for Rubio was that only 2 percent of respondents said they would never vote for him in a primary under any circumstance, while 11 percent said they would never support Christie.

The poll sampled 200 likely 2016 Republican primary voters and had a margin of error of 6.9 percentage points.