Polls: Top GOP candidates lead Clinton in general election heats

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) 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 John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE, 50-41 percent and Ben Carson, 49-41 percent.

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Clinton also trails Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE, 50-43 percent; Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' 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.