- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a 14-point lead over his closest 2016 GOP rivals in the early state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll that also showed a bit of reshuffling among the rest of the pack.

Mr. Trump was at 26 percent in the Franklin Pierce University/Boston Heraldpoll taken from Dec. 13-17, followed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas at 12 percent apiece.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at 11 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 8 percent.

Mr. Christie has picked up 8 points of support since a Herald/FPU poll on New Hampshire released in October, which had Mr. Trump in first at 28 percent. Mr. Rubio’s support has increased 6 points since then and Mr. Cruz’s support has increased 7 points.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who had been in second place at 16 percent in October, dropped to 5 percent support in the new poll.

And support for former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina dropped 4 points, from 10 percent to 6 percent.

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