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Christie trails Clinton, Paul in latest 2016 presidential poll

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Gov. Chris Christie not only trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a mock 2016 presidential race, but also finds himself behind U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for the Republican Party’s nod, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that Clinton currently leads Christie in a hypothetical 2016 showdown by nine percentage points, 47 percent to 38 percent. Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also trail Clinton by nine percentage points, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are only behind by seven percentage points.

Among Republicans, the poll found that Paul leads the pack with 11 percent. Christie, Huckabee and Bush each have 10 percent, while Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each came in at 8 percent. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) placed below the rest with just 6 percent.

With 58 percent, Clinton holds a wide lead of 47 percentage points over the next closest Democratic challenger, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Vice President Joe Biden comes in at 9 percent and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintains 4 percent, according to the poll.

“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,” Tim Malloy, poll assistant director, said.

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Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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