New Hampshire is one of the states you want to do well in if you’re a Republican presidential candidate.
While he hasn’t made an official decision on running for that job in 2016, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is at least doing that New Hampshire part right.
According to Tal Kopan of Politico, a new poll shows that Paul has a very slight lead over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the key Granite State.
“Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are neck and neck leading the potential Republican field in 2016 in key primary state New Hampshire, a new poll shows.
Paul got 20 percent of the GOP primary vote to Christie’s 19 percent in the Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday. In third, at 14 percent, was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.”
Paul’s slim lead continues a recent trend of positive polling in those all-important early primary states and national standing. Paul led earlier this year in another poll (conducted by the same group) of national Republicans, taking the top spot with 16 percent. He won a straw poll in August done by Mike Huckabee of FOX News. And in July, he came in first place during an Iowa poll (one of those other key early states.)
Right now this is all premature, of course. But knowing now that a candidate is well-liked and popular with voters is a lot better sign than being actively disliked (or not even on the radar).
Paul likely won’t decide on a presidential run until after the 2014 elections (which he has said on a handful of occasions), but he is certainly sitting pretty now.
By the way, if we want to play hypothetical: The opponent for Rand Paul, if he were to win the Republican presidential nomination would be, overwhelmingly, Hillary Clinton. Clinton has held a dominating lead in almost every poll conducted recently.
Paul v Clinton – Who ya’ (hypothetically) got?
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