Christie Tops Clinton in Early Iowa Presidential Poll

By James Lynch, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Iowa voters favor Chris Christie over Hillary Clinton, but a poll released today finds the former first lady would top other Republicans seen as potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Christie, who is serving a second term as New Jersey governor, would defeat Clinton 45 to 40 percent if Iowa if the election were held today, according to a poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In other matchups, Clinton gets 45 percent to 44 percent for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, tops Texas Sen. Ted Cruz 48 to 41 percent and leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 47 to 40 percent.

Christie’s lead over Clinton among Iowa voters is a change from a July Quinnipiac poll when they were tied 41 to 41 percent.

That “reflects a general improvement for Republicans, almost certainly related to the controversy over ‘Obamacare,’” according to Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Christie would make a good president, Iowa voters say 46 to 30 percent and say the same about Clinton 53 to 42 percent. Paul gets a negative 38 to 42 percent on whether he would make a good president. Cruz, Bush and Vice President Joseph Biden all get bigger negative scores on how they would do in the Oval Office.

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