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 TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries 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 FlakeMcSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad McSally launches 2020 campaign Sinema will vote to convict Trump 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 Clinton'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg Poll: Democrats trail Trump in Wisconsin, lead in Michigan and Pennsylvania MORE in the general election.