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New Polls Show Donald Trump Way Ahead of Bush in Florida and New Hampshire

© AP Photo / Greg AllenDonald Trump attends the Hank's Yanks 1st Annual Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links.
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Billionaire businessman Donald Trump now leads in the early primary voting states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump now leads favored Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush by strong leads in the early primary voting states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to new polls.

“A St. Pete’s Polls survey released on Wednesday shows the New York businessman with 26 percent support, with Jeb Bush in second place with 20 percent,” the Trump campaign announced in a press release on the same day.

If the trend is confirmed in further polls, the results could be embarrassing for Bush, who was a twice elected governor of Florida, which is a crucial swing election state. Florida is the fourth largest state in the United States and has the fourth most votes in the Electoral College.

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The St. Pete’s Poll shows Trump and Bush trailed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in third place with 12 percent support from voters, Senator Marco Rubio in fourth place with 10 percent and Ben Carson at 5 percent. Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich are tied at 4 percent.

Trump also “leads the Republican presidential field in New Hampshire, getting support from 21 percent of potential GOP primary voters” in a new NBC/Marist poll released on Wednesday, the Trump campaign said in another press release.

In New Hampshire, Jeb Bush trails seven points behind Trump at 14 percent, according to this poll.

New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to hold a full primary election in every presidential election year, and the outcome is seen as a major factor in determining the frontrunner for both major political parties.

The NBC/Marist poll also shows that Walker is trailing in New Hampshire at 12 percent followed by Kasich at 7 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Carson both at 6 percent and Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz bringing up the rear at 5 percent each.

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