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PPP Poll: More Bad News For Rand Paul in Key Swing State

PPP, 3/13-3/16
Colorado

  • Clinton: 47, Paul: 44
  • Clinton: 48, Huckabee: 41
  • Clinton: 45, Christie: 38
  • Clinton: 49, Cruz: 40
  • Clinton: 48, Bush: 39

Last week, we found that Ted Cruz leads the Colorado Republican primary race while Rand Paul has fallen all the way to a fourth-place tie with Paul Ryan. Today, a new PPP poll has found that Rand Paul has now fallen behind Hillary Clinton in a potential head-to-head matchup in Colorado after leading the former Secretary of State in the Centennial State in three straight polls.

The poll, conducted between March 13 and March 16, sampling 568 registered voters, found that Kentucky Senator Rand Paul trails former First Lady Hillary Clinton by a margin of 47-44. This comes as a bit of a surprise as Paul has been enjoying a slight increase in nationwide appeal lately, most notably winning the CPAC Straw Poll in a landslide. Paul had received 47 percent of the vote in three straight polls going back to last fall while Hillary saw 43-45.

This is the first poll taken since spring 2013 that shows Clinton with a Colorado lead over Paul. The one bit of good news for Paul is that his deficit is still the slimmest among any major Republican candidate.

In a hypothetical 2016 matchup against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the former New York Senator leads the scandal-embattled governor by a margin of 45-38. Christie had led Clinton in every poll in Colorado since last summer until he fell behind in January on the heels of his Bridgegate scandal and has now fallen significantly further.

In a matchup against former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Clinton leads by a margin of 48-41. This is the first Colorado poll to include Huckabee but the Fox News host finds himself in an uphill climb from the get-go.

In a matchup against Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Clinton leads by a margin of 49-40. This is the widest lead Clinton has seen over the Tea Party favorite after leading by 1-3 percent in every poll released last year.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush trails Clinton by a similar 48-39 margin. In the last PPP poll, conducted in December, Bush trailed by just 4 percent.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)