- The Washington Times - Monday, January 11, 2016

Donald Trump has extended his lead in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

The survey found that Mr. Trump is winning over 32 percent of likely GOP primary voters there, up from 26 percent in November.

The New York businessman is followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 14 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 14 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 12 percent.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie captured 8 percent, followed by former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, 5 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 4 percent, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 4 percent.

“As Granite State voters start to firm up their decision, it’s looking more and more unlikely that Trump will be toppled from his perch. The real fight is for second place,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.



The poll also showed that one in four New Hampshire GOP primary voters are still up for grabs, and one in three voters say they are locked into their choice.

Mr. Trump has cemented the most support, with 46 percent of his backers saying “their candidate choice is completely locked in.”

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