Jeb Bush Leads Republican Field in Bloomberg NH Poll

New Hampshire GOP 2016:

But 59% of those surveyed also say a 3rd Bush in the WH is a problem

Ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush holds a slight edge among New Hampshire voters in a crowded GOP presidential primary field and is viewed as the best option to top Democrat Hillary Clinton in a general election, according to a poll released Sunday.

Bush was the top choice for 16 percent of 400 Republican primary voters in the Bloomberg Politics-St. Anselm College poll, topping Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (13 percent) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (12 percent), among others. Bush had a bigger lead when combined with respondents' second choice, putting him at 30 points compared with 18 for Paul, Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The poll comes a week after 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 contest. Romney was polling near the top of the Republican field.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents felt Bush stood the best chance of defeating Clinton, the former secretary of State, whom 56 percent of Democratic New Hampshire primary voters ranked as their top choice. Eighteen percent of Republican voters said they thought Christie, Paul and Walker could beat Clinton.


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Jeb Bush gets high numbers for who 'would do a better job combatting terrorism' (33%) and who 'would be a stronger candidate against Hillary Clinton' (28%)