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Poll: Trump up by 17 in NH, Bush rises to second place

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Donald Trump is atop the GOP presidential field in New Hampshire by 17 points, according to a new poll.  

{mosads}Trump earns 31 percent support, compared with 14 percent for his closest competitor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, according the Harper Polling survey released Wednesday.

This is the first time in recent months that Bush has placed second in New Hampshire, where he currently averages 9.8 percent support, according to RealClearPolitics.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ranks third in the new poll with 12 percent, followed by Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) with 10 and 9 percent, respectively.

Another 8 percent remain undecided.

Trump has a net favorability rating of 4 percent among likely Republican primary voters in the Granite State, with 51 percent viewing him positively and 47 percent negatively.    

Bush, meantime, has a 5-percent net unfavorability rating, pollsters found, with 50 percent viewing him unfavorably compared with 45 percent who see him in a positive light.    

Cruz fares worse in New Hampshire on favorability, with 61 percent saying they have a negative view of the Texas senator and 38 percent viewing him favorably.

Harper Polling conducted its latest survey of 425 likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire via landline telephone interviews from Feb. 1-2. It has a 4.75 percent margin of error.

Trump is banking on a rebound in next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary after placing second in Iowa’s caucuses earlier this week. Cruz won the first-in-the-nation vote Monday night.

–This report was updated at 2:41 p.m.

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