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Trump Doubles Cruz’s Support Totals in New Hampshire

The latest round of polls by UMass/7News and Harper have placed Donald Trump in a commanding lead over Ted Cruz in New Hampshire.

UMass/7News

  • Donald Trump – 38%
  • Ted Cruz – 14%
  • Marco Rubio – 12%

Harper

  • Donald Trump – 31%
  • John Kasich – 12%
  • Marco Rubio – 10%
  • Ted Cruz – 9%

Trump performed well in New Hampshire and should be able to beat Cruz in a state that isn’t dominated by the evangelical vote. Much of Cruz’s success was his ability to get Republicans to vote and his obvious religious tones. Trump tried to play the religion card, but voters saw through his attempts and it led to his eventual downfall in Iowa.

Now that Trump can focus on being Trump, he will perform a lot better. He needs to focus on his anti-immigration platform and continue to antagonize Muslims, two things that made him incredibly popular early on. Trump has to cater to the conservative crowd and voters who are fed up with the political deadlock that exists in Washington.

The other wildcard candidate is Marco Rubio. He had a strong showing in Iowa and could end up replacing both Trump and Cruz as the establishment candidate. The majority of the Republican establishment despises both Cruz and Trump and they would much rather plant Rubio in power.

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