Poll: Clinton extends lead over Christie in Florida

Hillary Clinton’s lead in Florida shot up to 16 points in a potential presidential match-up against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

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According to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday, 51 percent of voters would support Clinton in a general election between the two, while 35 percent would support Christie. 

Last November, Clinton led by 4 points. 

The numbers echo a nationwide drop in Christie’s poll numbers since the scandal surrounding the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year engulfed his administration. 

The number of Florida voters who think Christie would be a good president has dropped 10 points since last year. 

Only 35 percent of Florida voters think he would make a good president. That number stood at 45 percent shortly after his reelection last year. 

The number of people who think he would not make a good president has also increased 10 points. 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) continues to lead the field of potential GOP primary candidates in the battleground state. He actually increased his lead by 3 points, to 25 percent, in the latest poll. 

Clinton continues to lead Bush in the state, 49 percent to 43 percent. 

Christie’s support in the GOP primary has dropped from 14 percent to 9 percent. 

Another local, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) received 16 percent support, while Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) garnered 11 percent. 

The poll surveyed 1,565 registered voters and has a 4.5 percentage point margin of error.