Trump leads Kasich, Flake among likely NH GOP voters

Trump leads Kasich, Flake among likely NH GOP voters
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE leads a pair of potential Republican challengers in a theoretical 2020 New Hampshire primary, a survey published Monday showed.

The American Research Group poll, reported first by BuzzFeed News, found Trump leads Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) by 6 points, 48 percent to 42 percent, in a two-way race among likely Republican voters. Trump leads Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHow fast population growth made Arizona a swing state Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Republican former Michigan governor says he's voting for Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) by a wider margin, 49 percent to 33 percent, with 18 percent of voters undecided, the poll found.

In a hypothetical matchup where Trump, Kasich and Flake all run in 2020, Trump leads with 51 percent. Kasich earns 34 percent in that scenario, while Flake earns 4 percent.

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The poll surveyed 420 Republicans between March 17-21, and has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

The results were reported a day before Kasich is expected to speak at a New England College event in New Hampshire, which hosts the nation’s first primary each presidential election cycle.

An August poll from the American Research Group found Kasich leading Trump in a hypothetical New Hampshire primary by 12 points.

Kasich and Flake, who recently spoke at the “Politics and Eggs” event in New Hampshire, have been outspoken critics of the president, and neither has ruled out a campaign for the White House in 2020.

Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary in 2016, while Kasich finished in second, 20 points back.

Trump, who called New Hampshire a “drug-infested den” shortly after taking office, narrowly lost the state to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio Trump, Biden court Black business owners in final election sprint The power of incumbency: How Trump is using the Oval Office to win reelection MORE in the general election.