A win in the New Hampshire primary is the goal of every presidential candidate, regardless of party. As the first primary in the nation, many believe that a win in New Hampshire sets the tone for other primaries and positions the candidate for success. The media buzz following such a win will also bode well for the winner since the attention will keep them in the news and, therefore, will garner attention of voters in other states.
For weeks, media mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has had the lead in New Hampshire among all the Republican presidential candidates. That all changed following the most recent GOP presidential debate held on CNN last Wednesday.
According to a recent Voter Gravity poll, the top three spots in their New Hampshire poll are occupied by the three Republican presidential candidates who have no elected political experience. Carly Fiorina now is in the lead in New Hampshire. She leads Donald Trump by four points with 22 percent of polled voters picking Fiorina as their top candidate. Trump is now in second place with 18 percent. Dr. Ben Carson rounds out the top three with 10 percent.
Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tied with nine percent of the vote. Florida Senator Marco Rubio garnered seven percent. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tied with six percent each.
With three percent of the vote, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul trails significantly. Despite a strong debate performance in his defense of religious liberty, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee received only two percent of the vote. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who was once expected to be a formidable contender for the GOP presidential nomination, also received two percent.
The poll, released on Friday, surveyed 2,839 likely Republican voters in New Hampshire via touchtone phone on Thursday, the day after the debate.
With each debate performance, Carly Fiorina has caught the attention of voters receiving both praise for her passionate speech and criticism by those who say she is not as conservative as she portrays herself to be. But, for now, she is the first candidate to knock Trump out of the top spot in a major poll. All eyes will be on her, and attacks will undoubtedly increase, as she attempts to use this victory to position herself for additional wins.
The next Republican presidential debate is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28. It will take place at the University of Colorado at Boulder and air on CNBC.
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h/t The Hill