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Hillary Clinton Leads Every Republican Candidate by 15+ Points in CNN Poll

CNN, 1/31-2/2

  • Clinton: 55, Ryan: 40
  • Clinton: 55, Christie: 39
  • Clinton: 56, Huckabee: 39
  • Clinton: 57, Paul: 39
  • Clinton: 57, Bush: 37

Following his landslide re-election in 2013, Chris Christie had taken a slight lead in the polls over presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Now, following an endless string of allegations and a federal investigation, Christie finds himself 16 points behind Clinton – and that’s one of the closer hypothetical races.

The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll, conducted between January 31 and February 2, sampling 900 registered voters, found that Hillary Clinton leads every single major Republican candidate by at least 15 points in a hypothetical 2016 matchup.

The candidate “closest” to Clinton is Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Clinton leads Ryan in the poll by a margin of 55-40, which should tell you where the other candidates stand. In the last CNN poll, conducted in December, Clinton led Ryan by 8 percent.

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Christie currently trails Clinton by a margin of 55-39. In the last CNN poll, Christie had actually led the former Secretary of State by 2 percent.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who has led in the last two Republican primary polls, trails the former First Lady by a margin of 56-39. That’s right around where he was in December when Hillary led the Fox News host by a margin of 55-40.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul trails the former New York Senator by a margin of 57-39. Paul has fallen off slightly after trailing Clinton by 13 points in the December poll.

Interestingly, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, an emerging candidate among the GOP pack, finished worse than everyone, trailing Clinton by a margin of 57-37. On the other hand, polls that have sampled significantly more people (1,900+) have found the Bush trails Clinton by just 9 to 11 percent.

As we can see, with Chris Christie falling from frontrunner status to just one of the also-rans, the Republicans find themselves without a strong candidate that can currently present a challenge to Hillary Clinton’s powerhouse campaign and money machine.