Jeb Bush takes New Hampshire lead [Cruz and Perry dead last]

Click here for the full article from The Hill, dated February 5, 2015.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads a tight field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a WMUR poll released Thursday found.

Bush garnered 17 percent support among likely 2016 Republican primary voters in the state, while Walker took 12 percent.

Walker has been the subject of increased media attention since a well-received speech in Iowa where he fired up the conservative base.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) all got 9 percent support in the poll. Doctor and conservative activist Ben Carson received 8 percent support.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) all polled below 5 percent.

The poll is the first from the TV station since former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would not pursue a third run for the White House.

It also comes as many of the potential candidates begin to build their campaign organizations. In the last few weeks, several likely candidates have announced the hiring of Republican operatives for their political committees.

Ted Cruz plans N.H. trip

Click this link to read the full Boston Globe article from February 4, 2015.

US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who is exploring a run for president, will make his first 2015 visit to New Hampshire next month.

Cruz is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Grafton County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day dinner on March 15 in Lincoln. It will be his first trip to the Granite State since early September when he campaigned for other Republicans and not himself.

He is among a number of potential Republican candidates in February and March visiting in New Hampshire, which traditionally holds the nation’s first presidential primary.