Paul, Bush lead pack in new '16 poll

A pack of Republicans are in a statistical dead heat for the 2016 Republican nomination, according to a new poll. 

A CNN survey released Tuesday found Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush top the pack with 13 percent support each among Republicans and independents who identify with the Republican Party. 

However, three other candidates garner support within the margin of error.

Former GOP vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan brings in 12 percent, compared to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 10 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 9 percent. 

Polling for the GOP nomination has remained tight. Paul and Ryan topped the list when CNN last polled the question in March

Seven percent of Republicans have no opinion while another 4 percent say they wouldn't vote for anyone listed. 

Other potential GOP candidates scored in single digits, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (8 percent), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (7 percent), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (7 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (6 percent) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (2 percent). 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to dominate the Democratic field. Sixty-four percent said they would choose her ahead of a more liberal or conservative Democrat — a drop of 6 percent since January. Thirteen percent said they would pick a more liberal candidate, while 19 percent said they would prefer a more conservative Democrat. 

The poll surveyed 466 Democrats and 473 Republicans, and holds a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.


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