About That New Hampshire Poll
Credit: Gage Skidmore
August 12, 2015

I was going through Twitter this morning, and this caught my eye.

I wondered about this new poll, mostly because it was from the Boston Herald, a notoriously right-wing paper. And I'm not saying Bernie Sanders isn't leading Clinton in New Hampshire -- he's going to be competitive and I expect him to win in the early, mostly-white states.

The real story about this polling is, was this an attempt by some forces on the GOP side to to downplay certain Republicans and boost others? (Internals here.)

GOP presidential upstart Donald Trump has lost ground in New Hampshire since his tirade against Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, but still leads the field ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and a surging Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll reveals.

Trump is topping his rivals in the Granite State with 18 percent support, followed by Bush at 13 percent, Kasich at 12 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 10 percent, according to the Franklin Pierce-Herald poll of 414 likely GOP primary voters.

In another surprise, businesswoman Carly Fiorina has jumped to fifth place in New Hampshire with nine percent support. Fiorina has spent most of the campaign at the bottom of the pack and didn't even make the cut for the Fox News debate last week.

I don't think there's any question that the powers that be want Fiorina in those high-profile debates. They're gung-ho on having her attack Clinton.

Yeah, that Andrew Card. The former Bush White House chief of staff.

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