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New Poll Shows 5-Way Split Among Top Republicans

McClatchy/Marist, 4/7-4/10

  • Huckabee: 13
  • Bush: 13
  • Paul: 12
  • Christie: 12
  • Ryan: 12
  • Rubio: 7
  • Walker: 5
  • Cruz: 4
  • Jindal: 4
  • Perry: 3

Over the past month or two we have seen the top Republican contenders pull away from the fringe candidates like Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal. Now, a new McClatchy poll has found that the Republican pack has a five-way tie for first place and the 2016 Republican nomination is completely up for grabs.

According to the poll, conducted between April 7 and April 10, sampling 416 registered voters, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are tied at the top with 13 percent apiece. Huckabee has now led nearly every Republican poll on which he’s appeared while Bush has been polling at 11-15 percent since March.

Since the poll has a margin of error of more than 3 percent, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan are all virtually tied for first place as well with 12 percent apiece.

Paul has been polling at 11-16 percent consistently since January, Christie has bounced back from his Bridgegate fiasco to double-digits, and Ryan’s numbers have been very inconsistent depending on how many candidates are included in the poll.

While we know who the real contenders are, the candidates lagging the top five feature some interesting names that have failed to garner a lot of support thus far.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is at 7 percent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is at 5 percent, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is at 4 percent (the lowest total for Cruz we have seen yet), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is at 4 percent, and Texas Governor Rick Perry trails everyone with 3 percent.

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