- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton holds a thin 2-point lead over presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in New Hampshire, while Sen. Bernard Sanders has a double-digit lead over Mr. Trump, according to a poll released this week.

Including leaners, Mrs. Clinton had a 44 percent to 42 percent lead over Mr. Trump in the Granite State, according to the WBUR poll, while Mr. Sanders had a 16-point, 54 percent to 38 percent, lead over Mr. Trump.

Nearly six in 10 likely New Hampshire voters said they have an unfavorable view of both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. Mrs. Clinton was viewed favorably by 35 percent of respondents and Mr. Trump was viewed favorably by 33 percent.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sanders had a 55 percent/34 percent favorable/unfavorable split.

The Vermont senator has consistently cited his relative strength against Mr. Trump in polling compared to Mrs. Clinton as he presses on in the Democratic presidential primary contest despite a significant deficit to the former secretary of state among both pledged delegates and superdelegates.

Both Mr. Sanders and Mr. Trump cruised to easy victories in their parties’ respective presidential primaries in the state in February, scoring wins by margins of about 20 points over their nearest competitors.

President Obama carried New Hampshire by about 9 points in 2008 and by about 6 points in 2012.

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