New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the only Republican with a chance to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to a new CNN poll.
The poll matched up Clinton against all the major players in the GOP. The figures, released shortly after Christmas show Christie with a two-percent edge over Clinton in a theoretical election cycle.
Following her sixth straight crowning as “most admired woman of the year” Clinton crushes all other competition. Though an informal survey conducted years before an election is hardly concrete, certain Republicans may wish to boost their visibility in the coming months.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, loses to Clinton by eight percentage points. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky trails by 13 points. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, is down by 15 points.
And it doesn’t get any better for the GOP from there.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who ran for the nomination in the last election, is down 17 points to Clinton; freshman Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas trails by 18 points; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rick Santorum, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former senator from Pennsylvania, are 19 points behind; and former two-term Florida Gov. Jeb Bush faces a 21-point gap between himself and Clinton