According to a poll released yesterday by CNN, the nine leading prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidates all barely hit double-digits among Republican and independent voters.
Thirteen percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they’d likely back Christie, with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, each at 12%. Perry – who ran for the White House last time around – and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin – the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee – are both at 11%. Christie and Perry have each jumped five percentage points from CNN’s last Republican nomination poll, which was conducted in June. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are both at 8%, with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 6%, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin at 5% and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who battled Romney deep into the 2012 GOP primary calendar, at 3%.
The same poll shows that if the 2012 election were held over again, Mitt Romney would beat President Obama by eleven points. The poll also shows that Hillary Clinton would beat Romney by 13 points.