Manchester, NH (CNSNews.com) - With the state's presidential primary a week away, two New Hampshire polls show Vice President Al Gore distancing himself from Bill Bradley, his Democratic rival for the presidential nomination.
A WNDS-TV/Franklin Pierce College poll shows Gore leading Bradley 56 to 37 percent among self-described Democrats, while Bradley leads Gore among Independents by a 10 point margin, 51 to 41 percent.
However, it questionable just how much the Independent vote will help Bradley, since 52 percent of all Independents said they planned to vote in the Republican primary and only 34 percent said they will vote in the Democratic contest. Thirteen percent said they remained undecided.
In the Republican race, McCain led Bush 40 to 30 percent, with publisher Steve Forbes running a distant third at 12 percent, Alan Keyes at eight percent, while Gary Bauer and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch brought up the rear.
The last Franklin Pierce Poll, released December 10, had Bradley running slightly ahead of Gore and McCain with a slightly larger lead over Bush.
A WMUR-TV poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, shows Gore leading Bradley by a 50 to 41 percent margin. Most disheartening for Bradley is his loss of Independent support, where he is in a statistical dead heat with the vice president.
In the Republican contest, McCain and Bush are in a statistical dead heat, with McCain polling 38 percent to Bush's' 37 percent.
Forbes came in third at 12 percent, followed by Keyes at eight, and Hatch and Bauer at two and one percent respectively.