When looking at the political map for the upcoming 2016 presidential election, it's the swing states that could go either way that really matter.
No state has provided more drama over the last few election cycles than the Sunshine State of Florida. The state is no longer considered "red" or "blue," but rather purple. With political eyes now focused on the 2016 presidential election, a new poll shows good news for the front runner for the Democratic party.
According to a new poll by Quinnipiac University released Thursday, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead over all possible Republican challengers and Democrats in a potential primary. When lined up with other Democrats, Clinton has the support of 68 percent of those polled, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vice President Joe Biden gaining only 8 percent of voter's support.
When looking at the Republican field, former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, was the top vote getter with 21 percent, with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio polling in second place with 18 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz garnered 10 percent of the vote, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all rounded out the final spots with single digit support.
The poll became more interesting when lining up Hillary Clinton with the top Republicans in the state of Florida. When matching up a possible Clinton vs Bush election, Clinton holds a 7 point lead, 49 to 42 percent. Clinton's lead expands to 14 points when put in a hypothetical match up against Sen. Rubio. One of the biggest takeaways from the poll is the gender gap between Clinton and those who might be running against her. When it comes to the female vote, Clinton holds a strong 20 point lead over Republican front runner, Jeb Bush.
Hillary Clinton still won't say whether or not she will be running in 2016, but all signs point to her throwing her hat in the ring and accepting the nomination. No Democrat poses a real serious threat to Clinton if she decides to run, and if she can keep her numbers strong in Florida, there's a good chance she could move back into the White House once again.