Rand Paul is the best-performing Republican against Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup in Wisconsin, according to a poll released yesterday from Marquette University.
This goes against the conventional wisdom that argues Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has won three statewide elections in five years, would do the best.
Here are the results of the head to head matchups tested in the poll:
Clinton 49 – Paul 41
Clinton 49 – Jeb Bush 38
Clinton 52 – Walker 40
Clinton 50 – Marco Rubio 38
Clinton 52 – Ted Cruz 36
In the Wisconsin GOP primary, Walker has a commanding lead at 40 percent, with Rand Paul running a distant second at 10 percent. The rest of the field is in single digits. Wisconsin’s primary is set to take place on April 5, 2016.
Scott Walker is also suffering from low approval numbers in the state. The poll showed that 56 percent of Wisconsin voters disapprove of his performance as governor, compared to only 41 percent approval.
The poll also brings bad news for Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. Johnson, a first-term Republican, would lose a hypothetical reelection race against former Democrat Senator Russ Feingold 54 percent to 38 percent.
The poll was conducted April 7-10 and the sample size was 803 registered Wisconsin voters.