Tracking poll: Trump, Sanders continue to lead ahead of New Hampshire primary

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up as he takes the stage for a campaign rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire . REUTERS

Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have held onto significant leads in the final days before the New Hampshire primary, according to the Saturday results of a Umass Lowell/7 News tracking poll.

Trump’s biggest challenge comes from Senator Marco Rubio, whose post-Iowa surge seems to have stalled at 14 percent in the tracking poll’s latest results. Senator Ted Cruz follows in third, at 13 percent. He’s ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich (10 percent), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (10 percent), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (4 percent), Dr. Ben Carson (3 percent), and Carly Fiorina (3 percent).

Many Republican voters said they could still change their minds before the Tuesday primary, the poll found.

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Among democrats, the poll found Sanders remains ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with 55 percent to her 41 percent. As is often the case in New Hampshire, things could change quickly. Among Sanders supporters, 19 percent said they could change their mind before Tuesday. The same was true of 16 percent of Clinton’s supporters in the poll.

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