- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exerts command over the Democratic field for the presidential bid in 2016, yet no clear leader has emerged among the Republican challengers, a new CNN/ORC International poll said Monday morning.

Even though he hasn’t formally declared his bid for the White House, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush seems to be the closest to lead the Republican pack with a slight edge, the poll found. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida have entered the race on the GOP side so far.

“Overall, 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents back Bush for the GOP nomination, while 12% support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul and Rubio stand at 11% each, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 9% and Cruz at 7%. Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both of whom placed second in CNN/ORC polls as recently as last fall, are now well behind the leader at 4% each,” CNN reported.

The poll was conducted by telephone among a random national sample of 1,018 adult Americans on April 16-19, CNN said.

The margin of sampling error for the full poll is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin becomes 4.5 points among the 435 Republicans and independents who lean Republican, and also among the 458 Democrats and independents who lean Democratic, the poll said.

• Maria Stainer can be reached at mstainer@washingtontimes.com.

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