New Hampshire polling shows Iowa winners losing

Posted at 9:27 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 10:27:21-05

While Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton claimed victories at the Iowa caucuses, the story may have a different ending in New Hampshire.

Polling from the second state in the race for a 2016 presidential nomination shows Iowa's second-place finishers coming out on top in the New Hampshire primaries. While both races in Iowa were tight, it appears they could be landslides in New Hampshire.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the overwhelming favorites among Republicans and Democrats, respectively, in New Hampshire, according to two polls released over the weekend. Both men apparently have double-digit leads over their closest competitors.

Trump holds the support of 38 percent of Republican voters in the latest Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll released Saturday. He holds the support of 30 percent of Republican voters in the latest CNN-WMUR poll released Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sen. Cruz holds 13 percent and 12 percent of Republican voters in New Hampshire, respectively, according to both polls.

A further look at the CNN-WMUR poll shows Trump's divisive nature cannot be underestimated; he was the choice of 52 percent of voters who were "definitely decided" on the candidate for whom they will vote in the Republican primary, but was also the most unpopular candidate, with 35 percent of voters declaring they would not vote for him "under any circumstances."

On the Democrat side, Sen. Sanders holds a commanding 20-point lead (57 percent to 37 percent) over Clinton among likely primary voters, according to the Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll. Sanders' dominance in New Hampshire does not come as a surprise as he represents neighboring Vermont in the U.S. Senate.

Clint Davis is a writer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.