Paul Ryan Takes Lead in Latest GOP Poll
ABC News/Washington Post, 1/20-1/23
With Chris Christie’s campaign on the ropes, Wisconsin Congressman and Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate Paul Ryan has taken sole possession of first place in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
The poll, conducted between January 20 and January 23, sampling 457 registered voters, found that Paul Ryan now leads the entire GOP pack for the first time since polling began with 20 percent of the vote.
While many Christie supporters jumped on the Ryan bandwagon, as Ryan is not a Tea Party-affiliated Republican like potential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, many opted for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Bush finished a close second with 18 percent of the vote, the most he has seen since polling began.
Scandal-ridden New Jersey Governor Chris Christie finished third in the poll, receiving just 13 percent of the vote. His numbers have steadily declined since he peaked in the low-20s in November following his impressive re-election.
Ted Cruz received a nice bump as well with Christie down and Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal not included in the poll (neither has received more than 6 percent in any poll). Cruz finished fourth with 12 percent of the vote after only seeing single-digit support in every January poll before this one.
Rand Paul’s numbers remained unaffected as the Kentucky Senator finished fifth with 11 percent. He has received 11 percent in four of the last six polls so we have a good idea of where he stands right now, regardless of how many candidates are included in the poll.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished last but still earned a respectable 10 percent after only seeing single-digit support in every single poll since November.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton only extended her already dominant lead, receiving 73 percent of the vote while Joe Biden finished with 12 percent and Elizabeth Warren trailed with 8 percent.
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