The Washington Times - September 16, 2013, 06:22AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to be the Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential primary election, even though she hasn’t officially announced that she is running, a new CNN/ORC International survey reported Monday.

The national poll of 1,022 American adults showed that 65 percent of Democrats and independents said they would back Mrs. Clinton as the nominee, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden coming in second at 10 percent, CNN reported.


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Rounding out the rest of the list, respectively, are: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 7 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 6 percent; and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 2 percent.

The race for the GOP primary candidate is much tighter, CNN said: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tops the list at 17 percent; Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan at 16 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 13 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 7 percent; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 5 percent.

The poll, conducted Sept. 6-8, varies in range from plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, CNN reported.