A No Labels poll finds that people in New Hampshire are overwhelmingly undecided when it comes to picking a Republican candidate for president in 2016, Mark McKinnon, the group's founder, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday.
The poll of New Hampshire's Republican primary showed "undecided" in the lead with 44 percent. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came in second at 9 percent, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 8 percent; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, all with 6 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 5 percent; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 2 percent.
Host Joe Scarborough called the results "absolutely fascinating," and said he had "never seen anything like that in the Republican party." McKinnon said the results showed that "anyone could jump in, could jump in late."
No Labels is an organization of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents that seeks solutions to gridlock in Washington.
Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, said Monday the Republican front-runner for president is usually "the guy who ran last time," adding that it was more often Democrats who "tend to have races like this." He called the 2016 bid for the Republican nomination a "totally wide open race."
The No Labels poll about prospective Democratic candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire found former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading, ahead of her nearest rival by 30 points. Clinton led with 44 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 12 percent; Vice President Joe Biden, 8 percent, with 29 percent undecided.
McKinnon, who was a former adviser to President George W. Bush, explained the poll also included the qualities people were looking for in a president. He said the top quality was, "Are they a problem solver?"
"Can they lay out clear goals? Can they bring people together?" he said. "Let's get the simple stuff done again. It's about problem solving. Setting clear goals."
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