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Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio still in middle of the pack in new Iowa, NH polls

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Florida’s two presidential candidates – Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio- remain in the middle of the pack in two new polls taken in Iowa and New Hampshire and released on Sunday.

Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican field in both states, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist surveys.

In New Hampshire, Trump now holds a five-point advantage over Carly Fiorina among GOP primary voters, 21 percent to 16 percent – followed by Bush in third place with  percent, and Marco Rubio and Ben Carson tied for fourth at 10 percent each.

That’s a drop down for the NYC businessman/celebrity; Last month Trump held a 16-point lead in the poll over John Kasich in New Hampshire.

And in Iowa, Trump is ahead of  Carson by five points among potential GOP caucus-goers, 24 percent to 19 percent – with Fiorina in third at 8 percent, Bush at 7 percent, and Rubio, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal tied at 6 percent.

Meanwhile in the Democratic contest, Hillary Clinton leads in Iowa, while Bernie Sanders maintains his lead in New Hampshire.

In Iowa, it’s Clinton 47 percent, Sanders 36 percent, and Martin O’Malley with 4 percent.

In New Hampshire, it’s Sanders over Clinton 48-39 percent.

The NBC/WSJ/Marist polls were conducted Sept. 23-30. In Iowa, 431 potential GOP caucus-goers were interviewed (margin of error plus-minus 4.7 percentage points), as well as 348 Democratic caucus-goers (plus-minus 5.3 percentage points. In New Hampshire, 450 potential GOP primary voters were interviewed (margin of error plus-minus 4.6 percentage points), as well as 404 Democratic voters (plus-minus 4.)

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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