A WHDH/UMass Lowell Poll of New Hampshire Republican voters released this morning shows Gov. Chris Christie in sixth place with 5%.
Billionaire tycoon Donald Trump leads the GOP field with 36% support, followed by a surging Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has 15%.
According to the poll, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has 14 percent support, former Florida governor Jeb Bush 8 percent support and Ohio Gov. John Kasich 7 percent support.
Christie places sixth in the state with 5 percent support, followed by retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 4 percent support and business executive Carly Fiorina at 3 percent support.
Since Rubio’s third place finish in New Hampshire Monday night and his aggressive effort heading into NH to position himself as the front runner for love from the GOP establishment, Christie has hammered him in public statements, calling him “the boy in the bubble.”
This morning, ABC news personality George Stephanopoulos asked Christie if those attacks indicated desperation on his part.
Christie said no.
“Fact is, we need to make sure we have a candidate who actually knows what they’re doing,” he said. “We need to have a candidate who is willing to take questions from the press in an unguarded way and need to have a candidate that does more than 45-minute drive-by town hall meetings and Marco Rubio has been the most protected coddled candidate in this entire race and so what I said before is let the boy come out of the bubble. Let’s see what he can take, because as you know the heat he’ll get from Hillary Clinton if he was ever the nominee will be much greater than anything any of us can throw at him.”
The New Hampshire Primary is on Tuesday.