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Suffolk poll: Jeb Bush leads in New Hampshire -- with Donald Trump in 2nd place


A week after he officially became a 2016 presidential candidate, a new poll shows the former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leading the Republican field in New Hampshire, a state his supporters eye as his best chance to do well in early 2016 primaries.

The public-opinion survey from Suffolk University Political Research Center shows Bush narrowly atop the field with 14 percent of support -- followed, surprisingly, by real-estate mogul Donald Trump, who also held a campaign announcement last week but has yet to file candidacy paperwork. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in fourth place in the poll, with 7 percent, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (8 percent).

"Jeb Bush continues to lead, but Donald Trump has emerged as an anti-Jeb Bush alternative in New Hampshire," said David Paleologos, the research center's director. "Many of those who like Trump are voting for him, and although many more dislike him, the unfavorables are split up among many other candidates. It's the politics of plurality."

The poll's error margin is 4.4 percentage points.