Jeb Bush Feeling The Heat As N.H. Poll Deficit Hits Double Digits

Republican front-runner Donald Trump, fresh off a new national poll showing him soar to a double-digit lead over Jeb Bush, is putting pressure on the former Florida governor to jump-start his faltering campaign, as both White House hopefuls storm through New Hampshire today.

“If you had told me a couple months ago that Donald Trump would be leading the field by double digits, I would have rolled my eyes,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “But if you had told me he’d be viewed more favorably than Bush, I probably would have had myself committed.”

A CNN poll released yesterday shows Trump with an 11-point lead over the rest of the GOP pack.

Trump had the support of 24 percent of registered Republicans surveyed, well ahead of Bush at 13 percent and Ben Carson at 9 percent. Both Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had 8 percent.

Trump also holds a higher favorability rating (38 percent) than Bush (35 percent) among registered voters, but both men’s unfavorables are even higher, with Trump’s at 58 percent and Bush’s at 57 percent.

Bush needs to up his game, beginning at today’s education summit, said O’Connell.

“He’s not exactly lighting people’s hair on fire,” said O’Connell of Bush. “He’s just trying to run an error-free campaign and in doing so, he’s not energizing anyone. ... He wants to go in there and ... convince people he has solutions to improve education and that he’s the leader and the adult to do it.”

Read more from Chris Cassidy at The Boston Herald

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