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Christie leads DeSantis in New Hampshire GOP primary: Poll

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has edged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in the swing state of the New Hampshire presidential primary, according to a new Emerson College poll released Tuesday.

Christie topped DeSantis’ second-place finish in the Granite State, garnering nine percent support. DeSantis’ support, on the other hand, fell to eight percent 17 percent in March. Christie’s one-point lead over DeSantis is within the poll’s plus or minus 3.4 percent margin of error.

“DeSantis has been the alternative to Trump in Emerson polls this presidential cycle. This is the first time we’ve seen DeSantis leave second place in our polls and rejoin the field,” he said Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling.

Christie’s campaign has maintained a heavy focus on New Hampshire, while DeSantis’ team has prioritized Iowa. However, DeSantis has still made a number of trips to the Granite State.

According to the same poll, former President Trump still dominates the GOP primary field with 49 percent support.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R.C.) trails DeSantis in fourth place with six percent support, while North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tied at four percent. Businessmen Vivek Ramaswamy and Perry Johnson came in at three percent and two percent, respectively. Former Vice President Mike Pence and former Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) each received 1 percent support. Thirteen percent of voters said they were undecided.

The Real Clear Politics polling average shows Trump in first place with 54.5 percent support, while DeSantis is in second place with 14.8 percent. Ramaswamy ranks third with 6.3 percent.

The Emerson College poll was conducted Aug. 9-11 among 837 registered voters in New Hampshire.

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