Rand Paul, not Scott Walker, does the best against Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin

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.

Republicans have not won Wisconsin since 1984. But President Obama defeated Mitt Romney in 2012 there by less than a 7 percent margin. It is viewed as a possible swing state in 2016.

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.

Kevin Boyd About the author:
Kevin Boyd is a general correspondent for The Hayride and an associate policy analyst at the R Street Institute. His work has been featured at IJ Review, The National Interest, Real Clear Policy, and the Washington Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinboyd1984
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