Jeb Bush rising, Rubio falling among Florida Republicans; Clinton tops GOP field in 2016 match-upsby George Bennett | May 1st, 2014
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a big lead over the rest of the field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in his home state, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds, but Democrat Hillary Clinton would carry Florida over Bush or any other GOP nominee.
Bush, who recently said he’s “thinking about running for president,” is the top choice of 27 percent of Florida Republican voters. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is second at 14 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is third with 11 percent. All other Republicans are in single digits.
Rubio was in second place, 4 points behind Bush, in a November Quinnipiac poll of Florida Republicans. He slipped from 18 percent to 16 percent, but was still in second place to Bush, in a January poll. The latest poll is the first time Rubio has fallen behind an out-of-state candidate in Florida.
In a general election match-up, Clinton would top Bush in Florida by a 49-to-41 percent margin, the poll says. She defeats other Republicans by 12 points or more.
Quinnipiac polled 1,413 registered voters with a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points. Republican and Democratic samples each have a margin of error of 4.4 percent.