The presidential candidates from both parties have moved their campaigns from Iowa to New Hampshire in preparation for Tuesday’s primary.
Residents of New Hampshire have had a chance to reflect on Iowa, and recent polls post-Iowa show how the competition stacks up.
According to a WHDH 7News/UMASS Lowell Tracking Poll of New Hampshire voters, Donald Trump leads among Republicans with 38 percent, Ted Cruz is a distant second with 14 percent, Marco Rubio has 12 percent, Jeb Bush with 9 percent, and John Kasich with 7 percent. Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul came in with less than 7 percent (Paul announced Wednesday he was suspending his campaign).
The polls demonstrate Trump is stagnantly staying in first place, not moving up or down, as is Cruz. But Rubio has moved up two percentage points, possibly a result of his performance from the most recent GOP debate which Trump chose not to attend.
On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders is expected to crush Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Sanders is currently leading the vote with 61 percent to Clinton’s 32 percent. And since there are very few Democrat candidates to choose from, the outcome is expected to remain the same on Tuesday. WHDH reports Sanders fell two points while Clinton gained two.
These latest poll numbers would be drastically different if the bottom half of the Republican field decides to drop out of the race, freeing up voters to focus on the candidates with the best chance of winning the GOP nomination for president. Since Iowa is the only state to have held a primary (caucus) — and the fact only two of the previous five winners of the caucus on the Republican side have gone on to win the party’s nomination — it may be too early for most candidates to make a final decision on their campaigns.