Rand Paul, the Republican Tea Party senator from Kentucky has a slight lead among potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016. A new CNN/ORC International poll released Saturday shows 16 percent of Republicans and independents who lean right say they'd support Paul for the nomination.
Paul’s 16 percent favorable rating is closely followed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) at 11 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also broke into double figures, according to CNN.
Other candidates polling less than 10 percent included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 9 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 8 percent each; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 5 percent and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a 2012 candidate, polling at 3 percent.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland commented, "With a crowded field and no clear frontrunner among the potential candidates, we should expect to see constant fluctuation in the amount of support most candidates get and the order of finish, so it would be easy to read too much into these numbers."
On the Democratic side, former N.Y. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a wide lead showing 63 percent of Democrats and left-leaning independents choosing her as the Democratic nominee. Vice President Joe Biden is a distant second at 13 percent.
Possible Democratic candidates, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer all received single-digit ratings.
The ORC International polling organization questioned 801 Americans nationwide by telephone. In the sample, 367 Republicans and right-leaning independents responded, along with 372 Democrats and independents who favor the Democratic Party.
By all indications, Clinton has an insurmountable lead and a huge advantage with campaign money already raised.
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