Polls: Top GOP candidates lead Clinton in general election heats

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' Poll: Almost half say Trump off to poor start Chelsea Clinton: Someday, someone's mom will be president MORE lags behind leading Republican candidates in two swing states, according to two polls released on Wednesday.

In Florida, a Florida Atlantic University statewide survey finds that Clinton lags behind the GOP front-runners Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's infrastructure plan can mean jobs, jobs, jobs ... and security OMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' Sanford: Trump primary threats are 'counterproductive' MORE, 50-41 percent and Ben Carson, 49-41 percent.

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Clinton also trails Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio defends Trump: 'This whole flip-flop thing is a political thing' Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs Sunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark MORE, 50-43 percent; Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road Trump wall faces skepticism on border No Congress members along Mexico border support funding Trump's wall MORE, 48-45 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 44-40 percent. All are outside the 3.3 percentage point margin of error in the poll conducted Nov. 15-16 of 829 registered voters.

The poll shows that Trump has increased his lead over Clinton since a similar poll conducted in September, when he was ahead by less than 2 percentage points. Clinton has slightly narrowed the gap with Carson and Bush.

In Colorado, Clinton likewise is behind four leading GOP candidates by at least 11 percentage points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

In general election contests, Rubio leads Clinton 52-36 percent; Carson leads Clinton 52-38 percent, Cruz  bests Clinton 51-38 percent, and Trump leads Clinton 48-37 percent.

"A chilly if not frigid reception for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her second quest for the White House," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll said in a statement.

"As winter moves into the Rockies, Coloradans say the Democratic front-runner would get bruised and beaten by all the top GOP opponents, and absolutely crushed by Sen. Marco Rubio and Dr. Ben Carson."

Clinton's rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Democratic Party's model is 'failing' Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road Sunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark MORE (I-Vt.) fares slightly better in general election contests than Clinton in the Quinnipiac poll, but still fails to beat those same GOP candidates. Rubio leads Sanders 52-39 percent, Carson bests Sanders 52-40 percent, Cruz beats Sanders 49-42 percent, and Trump tops Sanders 46-44 percent.

The Quinnipiac survey conducted live interviews on land lines and cellphones from Nov. 11-15, surveying 1,262 Colorado voters; the poll has a  2.8 percentage point margin of error.