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 TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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 FlakeFlake urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets Flake responds to Trump, Jimmy Carter barbs: 'We need to stop trying to disqualify each other' Jeff Flake responds to Trump's 'greener pastures' dig on former GOP lawmakers 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 ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE in the general election.