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Christie, Clinton essentially tied for president

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary are basically neck-and-neck in the 2016 presidential race, according to two polls released on Thursday.

Christie leads Clinton, 42-41 percent, in a poll released by Quinnipiac University.

The poll shows Clinton defeating other Republicans handedly, holding a 48-41 percent lead over Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a commanding 50-37 percent lead over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and 48-39 percent lead over former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.

Clinton is the overwhelming favorite of Democratic voters, with 66 percent support, in comparison with her nearest rival, Vice President Joe Biden, with 8 percent.

Republicans are less decisive at this stage, with Christie having 17 percent support among GOP voters, followed by Paul with 14 and Cruz with 13.

Clinton leads Christie, 48-45 percent in a McClatchy/Marist survey.

Like the Quinnipiac University poll, the survey shows Clinton with more-commanding leads over other Republicans contemplating a presidential race.

Also like Quinnipiac, the survey pictures the race for the GOP presidential nomination to be crowded and close, showing Christie with a slight lead.

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