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Chris Christie favorability drops

If the presidential race was held today, none of the Republican contenders, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, would defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Tuesday. 

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Gov. Chris Christie
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Clinton sweeps the Democratic primary field for the 2016 presidential race, taking 58 percent of the vote, and tops several possible Republican candidates by margins of 7 to 9 percentage points according to the poll. Among Democrats, she tops Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Vice President Joe Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a ton of heat on wealth, book sales and her legacy at the State Department, but she emerges with no serious Democratic challenger, while the Republican field remains clustered and flustered,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll in an emailed press release Tuesday.

Unlike the Democrats, Republicans have yet to settle on a frontrunner.

The GOP primary, according to the poll, shows Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gets 11 percent of the vote. Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush get 10 percent each. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) get 8 percent of the vote each and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) gets 6 percent. Twenty percent of voters are undecided.

The poll also finds more Americans have an unfavorable view of Christie than those who see him in a positive light.

When it comes to favorability, 37 percent said they have a favorable view of Christie while 38 percent have an unfavorable view, a dip from the 33 to 30 split Christie saw in January when the Bridgegate scandal broke. That compares with a 47 to 23 split in December, before the scandal came to light.

“A year ago or so, Chris Christie was the one everybody was talking about. He was clearly the Republican candidate if he wanted to be the guy. Now he’s not,” Malloy said. “He has fallen. He hasn’t fallen forever. He hasn’t crashed and burned. There is still two years to go. Right now, Christie is just another one in the pack.”

Malloy says while Christie has lost some ground, he’s definitely not out of the race.


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