Hillary Clinton is leading all potential Republican 2016 presidential challengers in Florida, a new poll says.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, the former secretary of state holds at least a 7-percentage-point lead in match-ups against potential GOP challengers in the politically crucial Sunshine State.
Two Florida politicians — Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush — were the top two vote-getters in the Republican field, with Bush at 21 percent and Rubio at 18 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in third, with 10 percent, while Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky followed with 8 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 7 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 6 percent.
The Democratic contest — as it has in many other statewide and national polls — remains far more clear-cut than the Republican field. Sixty-seven percent of Democratic voters support Clinton, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vice President Joe Biden each pulled in only 8 percent.
Bush provides the closest head-to-head match-up with Clinton, with the Democrat leading Bush 49 percent to 42 percent. Clinton holds a wider, 14-point lead over Rubio, a 16-point lead over Paul and a 19-point lead over Christie.
Florida women show strong support for Clinton, giving her a 20-point edge in a potential match-up with Bush.
The survey was conducted July 17-21 among 1,251 registered Florida voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. The primary surveys had 451 Republicans and 457 Democrats; each had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.
Poll: Clinton sweeps GOP in Florida – Jonathan Topaz – POLITICO.com.