NEWPORT NEWS- If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Democrat Hillary Clinton would beat any of her potential Republican rivals in Virginia, according to a new poll released Monday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
The poll looked at Hillary's standing against several of the top Republicans who are believed to be contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie fares best against Mrs. Clinton, with the Democrat leading 43-41% in a hypothetical match-up with Christie. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (47-40%) and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (48-40%) are the only other candidates to be within 10 points of Mrs. Clinton in a hypothetical match-up.
CNU political science professor and 13News Now political analyst Dr. Quentin Kidd says "Hillary Clinton doesn't just have a friend in the Governor's Mansion (Terry McAuliffe), she has plenty of friends among Virginia voters".
When the poll asked Republican voters who they preferred in a presidential primary, Christie led with 19% and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush came in with 18%. In a Democratic primary, Mrs. Clinton scores 66% support while Vice-President Joe Biden is at 19%.
The poll surveyed 901 registered Virginia voters between February 23rd and February 28th and has a margin of error of 3.3%.