Friday, July 11, 2014

Rand Paul Leads the GOP Pack for 2016

A new Zogby Analytics poll of likely Republican primary voters in 2016 shows Rand Paul starting to build a lead over better known – and more establishment – GOP figures.

In the poll, Rand polls 20%, followed by “Establishment” candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13% each. In fourth place is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 8%, then Florida Senator Marco Rubio 7%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl 4%, and New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley all with 1% each.

Rand does well among all sub-groups, notably men (29%), voters 30-64 years olds (where he leads), self-identified Republicans, independents, and conservatives (among whom he leads with 19%, 17%, and 20% respectively), and moderates (23%). He also leads among Protestants and Born Again/Evangelical GOP voters (21% and 20% respectively).

On the Democratic side, the Zogby poll of  likely Democratic primary voters shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dominating the pack with 52% support. Her closest challengers are Vice President Joe Biden with 8% and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren with 7%. Others posting numbers are Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer with 4%, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb with 3%.

(via Forbes)

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