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Poll: Hillary Clinton Leading Chris Christie by Ten Points in Hypothetical Presidential Race

Rutgers Eagleton Institute Poll Puts Clinton Ahead 49%-39% Among Likely NJ Voters
Gov. Chris Christie Charlie Kratovil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— A recent poll released by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers showed former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton leading Republican Governor Chris Christie in a hypothetical 2016 presidential election. 

The poll gathered answers from 750 adults, of which 49% said they would vote for Clinton, compared to 39% of voters who said they would elect Christie. 

"The gap between the two has remained around 10 points through much of the past year", the press release states. 

The poll comes shortly after news that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the latest Republican to announce his intent to seek the nation's highest office.  Bush announced that he would form an exploratory committee to examine the possibility of running.

Meanwhile, Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz had put out the possibility for several months that they would seek a shot at the White House, either at the top of the ticket or as running mates.

Clinton, who has served as a United States Senator and Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, is widely considered the frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016.

Many of the same state residents who said they would chose Clinton over Christie also anticipate that the Republican NJ Governor will announce a presidential campaign in the coming months.

The poll points out that potential support for Governor Christie had increased slightly since a similar poll was conducted by Eagleton in January, during the height of the Bridgegate scandal.

Clinton had seen an increase in support from female voters, but a simultaneous loss in support by male voters.