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CNN/IRC poll: It's Clinton and Christie in 2016 White House race

By Michael Krebs     Nov 30, 2013 in Politics
According to the latest CNN / ORC International poll on the possible candidates for the 2016 presidential election, the contest may be between Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie.
While it is certainly early to begin any meaningful prognostication on the 2016 presidential election, given that none of the potential candidates measured have stated an intention to run, the latest CNN / IRC International poll offers an early sketch on what may emerge in the race for the White House in 2016.
Among Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is enjoying a whopping lead, with 63 percent of those polled saying that Clinton would be their choice. While this is down from the 65 percent who chose Clinton in the last Sept 6-8 CNN / IRC poll release, she clearly is dominating the Democratic field.
Vice President Joe Biden came in second place at 12 percent and Liberal Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, seen by many as the greatest Democratic primary challenger to Hillary Clinton, placed a distant third with only 7 percent consideration.
In the Republican camp, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has emerged as the lead candidate, with 24 percent of those surveyed choosing him. Christie's lead improved notably from the 17 percent he held in the Sept 6-8 release. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) placed second with 13 percent, the same percentage he earned in the prior CNN / IRC poll, and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) placed third with 11 percent, down five points from the Sept 6-8 release.
According to the poll, Governor Christie leads across Independents and Republicans, and he remains five points ahead of Senator Rand Paul and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) among those polled who consider themselves Conservatives.
The poll was conducted by telephone, and the universe of those polled totaled 843 adults.
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