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Poll: Trump dominates NH with bottleneck for second place

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Donald Trump continues to hold a strong lead in the early-voting state of New Hampshire while his Republican presidential rivals battle for a distant second place in a new poll.

The real estate mogul is supported by 27 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the Granite State, leading his nearest rivals by 15 points in a Suffolk University poll released Thursday.

{mosads}Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich tie with 12 percent apiece, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 11 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) at 10 percent.

Each of those candidates have gained 3 points since November when Suffolk last polled the state, with the exception of Trump, who has gained 5 points since then.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is within striking distance at 6 percent in the latest poll, which has retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 5 percent and businesswoman Carly Fiorina at 4 percent.

Establishment candidates such as Kasich, Bush and Christie have battled for support in the state, which is seen as integral to their White House hopes.

Republicans tangled in their seventh debate Thursday night ahead of the Iowa caucus on Monday. Trump skipped the debate, opting to hold his own event in the Hawkeye State.

The survey of 500 likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire was conducted Jan. 25-27 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 4.4 points.

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