Poll: Bush Leads McCain in N.H.
BOSTON (AP) _ Texas Gov. George W. Bush leads Sen. John McCain in one New Hampshire poll, while another one shows him with an edge over his chief rival in that state’s Republican presidential race.
McCain, an Arizona senator, and Bush have been close in several recent New Hampshire polls. The newest ones come after Bush has increased his focus on the state, including with television ads.
A Boston Globe and WBZ-TV poll of 400 likely voters found 45 percent support Bush, compared with 31 percent for McCain. The poll was taken Nov. 29-30 by KRC Communications of Newton, Mass. The poll published in today’s Globe was focused only on the Republican race.
All the other GOP candidates _ publisher Steve Forbes, former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes, conservative activist Gary Bauer and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch _ drew 11 percent combined. The error margin was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
A Concord Monitor poll found Bush with an edge over McCain, 41 percent to 36 percent, among 387 likely Republican voters. The other candidates drew a total of 13 percent. The error margin in the poll, taken Nov. 29-30 by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Among 373 people who said they were likely to vote in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, the Monitor poll found Vice President Al Gore running neck-and-neck with former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, 45 percent to 43 percent.