Sen. Rand Paul is the leader in a hypothetical New Hampshire GOP primary — but Hillary Clinton has the hands-down victory in a general presidential election after blowing away her competitors in a Democratic primary, a new poll says.
According to Public Policy Polling, the Kentucky senator garnered 28 percent of the New Hampshire voters queried April 19-21.
The survey results from the polling firm were released on Thursday and were based on interviews with 933 New Hampshire voters — “as well as 368 usual Democratic primary voters and 409 Republican primary voters,” PPP said.
Not far behind Paul are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 25 percent, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, with 14 percent.
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Eleven percent of those polled said they were unsure, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 vice presidential candidate, each received 7 percent.
Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic field with 68 percent — followed by Vice President Joe Biden, who finished in second place with 12 percent.
In a match-up, Clinton would beat Paul 52-41 percent and Rubio 52-38 percent.
Among independents — important voters in New Hampshire’s GOP presidential primary — Paul led Rubio 32-17 percent, according to PPP.
Paul also has enjoyed a major boost since a November poll showed him only taking 4 percent of the voters surveyed, PPP said.
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