A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist New Hampshire primary poll (PDF) published on Friday confirms that Sen. Marco Rubio picked up strong momentum coming out of Iowa, while Donald Trump maintains a commanding lead.
Trump garners 30 percent support in the latest poll, which is consistent with a pre-Iowa poll last week, when he was at 31 percent. Meanwhile, Rubio moved into second place, up 6 points from last week, and Sen. Ted Cruz gained three points from the previous poll, but dropped into third place with 15 percent support.
Additionally, Ohio Gov. John Kasich lost a point, now registering at 10 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gained a point coming in at 9 percent.
The new poll is consistent with a WHDH/UMass Lowell poll reported on by Western Journalism on Thursday. That poll also showed Rubio moving into second place with 15 percent ahead of Cruz at 14 percent, while Donald Trump led the pack at 36 percent. Governors Jeb Bush and John Kasich, who have spent a lot of time in New Hampshire, polled 8 and 7 percent.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that “Rubio’s support is still fluid, however, as 13 percent of his supporters say they could still change their mind. Only 6 percent of Trump and Cruz supporters say they might change their mind,” Breitbart reports.
Trump leads the field among voters who identify themselves as “moderate” or “conservative” and surprisingly even has a four point edge over Cruz and five point lead over Rubio with white evangelicals at 24 percent.
The Texas senator enjoys a strong lead with “very conservative” voters–44 percent–over both Trump and Rubio, though that block of voters makes up just 17 percent of the electorate in the Granite State.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.