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Chris Christie Leads Virginia Primary in Surprising New Poll

Christopher Newport Univ., 2/23-2/28
Virginia GOP

  • Christie: 19
  • Bush: 18
  • Huckabee: 13
  • Ryan: 13
  • Cruz: 9
  • Paul: 7
  • Rubio: 4
  • Walker: 3

Perhaps the rumors of Chris Christie’s campaign’s demise were premature. According to a new Christopher Newport University poll, the embattled New Jersey Governor has a narrow lead on the Republican pack in Virginia’s GOP primary race.

The poll, conducted between February 23 and February 28, sampling 338 Republican primary voters, found that scandal-plagued moderate Chris Christie leads the Virginia Republican Primary race with 19 percent of the vote.

Although Christie leads the race, that difference is well within the margin of error as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush trails him by just one point, finishing with 18 percent of the vote.

The other candidates are significantly behind the two leaders as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan tied for third place, both finishing with 13 percent of the vote.

No other candidate received double-digit support. Texas Senator and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz finished with 9 percent of the vote. Coming in right behind him was Kentucky Senator and fellow Tea Party Republican Rand Paul who received just 7 percent. Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished with just 4 percent while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finished dead last with a mere 3 percent.

Thirteen percent of respondents said they remain undecided.

Although Christie leads the wide open Republican primary race, it appears unlikely that a large amount of Virginia voters will get behind him. Although he is the most popular Republican in the pack, Christie’s favorable rate is just 46 percent. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s favorable rate is 51 percent. No one else has a large amount of love in Virginia. Joe Biden owns a 33 percent favorable rating, Jeb Bush is at 30, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan are at 29, Mike Huckabee is at 28, Rand Paul is at 25, Scott Walker is at 19, and Ted Cruz is dead last at 16.

Of course, not all candidates are actually unfavorable, contenders like Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Ted Cruz are all suffering from a lack of name recognition.

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