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Christie Leads 7 GOP Contenders in Mississippi Presidential Poll

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By Cathy Burke   |   Friday, 20 Dec 2013 08:42 PM

Gov. Chris Christie leads seven other potential GOP contenders for the 2016 presidential race in a survey of Mississippi voters, a new poll shows.

The Conservative Intel/Harper Poll, taken Tuesday and Wednesday, shows the New Jersey executive, with 15.72 percent, slightly ahead of second-place Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who polled 15.58 percent.

Third was Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, with 14.45 percent, followed by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, with 11.61 percent; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 10.34 percent; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, with 9.49 percent; Rick Santorum, with 3.97 percent; and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, with 1.7 percent.

Just over 17 percent of those polled weren't sure of who they'd vote for. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.68 percent.

The survey is the latest in a series by Conservative Intel/Harper polls finding Christie at the head of the pack of possible White House contenders in various states.

An October poll showed Christie at the top, with 19 percent, in South Carolina and a November poll had Christie, at 17 percent, leading contenders in Iowa.

In both polls, Cruz was within the margin of error of Christie’s lead, noted the Daily Caller, which reported the latest poll findings Friday.

In the latest polling, incumbent veteran Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran easily leads his GOP primary challenger, Chris McDaniel, 54.37 percent to 31.41 percent.

The good news for Christie follows by two days his showing in a Public Policy Polling survey that had him leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical presidential matchup, beating her by 3 points, 45 percent to 42 percent.

But the Daily Caller pointed out the standings may mean little long before any primary election will actually be held, noting former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led national GOP primary polls in 2007, but failed to win a single primary a year later.

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