Polls: Top GOP candidates lead Clinton in general election heats

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJeff Bridges: ‘I’m rooting’ for Trump as a human being Leading Pelosi critic Moulton once penned effusive praise for her: report Dems land top recruit for Ros-Lehtinen's Florida district 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 TrumpDemocrats target Trump's border wall in defense bill debate Obama ethics czar: Trump fundraiser at his DC hotel ‘illegal’ Trump trolling of Comey — Not presidential MORE, 50-41 percent and Ben Carson, 49-41 percent.

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Clinton also trails Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioCapitol Police arrest 40 during healthcare protests New Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Senators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan MORE, 50-43 percent; Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzHealthcare wish lists: What moderates, conservatives want Overnight Healthcare: GOP infighting erupts over bill | How Republican governors could bring down ObamaCare repeal | Schumer asks Trump to meet with Dems GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill 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 SandersNew Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Sanders: FBI inquiry of wife is 'pathetic' attack Why UK millennials voting for socialism could happen here, too 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.