New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's 5-point lead over Hillary Clinton has evaporated.
A new CNN/ORC poll
shows the former secretary of state now leads him by 16 points, 55 to 39 percent.
Christie continues to hemorrhage support over the politically driven traffic closures
tied to his office despite his insistence that he knew nothing about them.
The poll shows independent voters becoming disenchanted with Christie. He now garners 39 percent of their support down from 59 percent in December.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has the most support among the GOP field, with the backing of 14 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, the CNN/ORC poll shows.
Next comes Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 13 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tied with Christie at 10 percent; Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tied at 9 percent; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tied with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 8 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 4 percent.
Still, Clinton would face no tougher opponent among Republicans than Christie. She handily leads all her other potential GOP rivals. Her lead over Bush is 20 percent; it's 18 percent over Paul, and 17 points over Huckabee.
The CNN/ORC survey was conducted Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and polled 1,010 adults. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.
A separate new CNN poll
found that a by a margin of 50 to 45 percent Americans continue to disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance.
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