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Poll: Hillary Clinton holds historic 2016 presidential lead over all challengers

While the 2016 elections are still over two years away, new polling shows a commanding lead for the former Secretary of State.

Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead if she decides to run in 2016.
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Hillary Clinton hasn't officially announced a run for the White House, but if she does decide to give it a shot she looks to be in solid shape. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Hillary Clinton is leading her potential Democratic primary opponents by a 6 to 1 margin. With support from 73 percent of Democrats, Clinton has a wide lead over Vice President Biden, who finished in second place with 12 percent followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) who had 8 percent of the vote, good enough for third place. Clinton's lead is the largest in the 30 year history of the Washington Post-ABC polling.

The Republican field is much more wide open, with 10 candidates getting support between 10 and 20 percent. In a surprising turn of events, failed 2012 Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan actually leads the pack with 20 percent of the vote. Jeb Bush is a close second with 18 percent, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 13 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz gaining 12 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul each finishing with 10 and 11 percent respectfully.

When asked who voters would choose in a hypothetical 2016 match up between Hillary Clinton and Gov. Chris Christie, Clinton leads the New Jersey governor by 12 points, 53 percent to 41 percent.

The Washington Post-ABC poll was conducted Jan. 20-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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