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Ben Carson tops GOP presidential race in Colorado, new poll finds

18 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ben Carson tops GOP presidential race in Colorado, new poll finds.

Ben Carson is the clear favorite among Republican voters in Colorado, a new poll shows, even though the party faithful remain split in the 2016 nomination contest. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Carson 25 percent with three candidates — Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — essentially knotted in second place.

All four top GOP contenders lead Hillary Clinton in hypothetical matchups, the poll found, with the Democratic front-runner posting troubling numbers in a key swing state. The poll — a year before the general election — represents a snapshot in time, rather than a reliable indicator of how Colorado will vote in November 2016. The Republican primary results, likewise, carry little significance because the state party canceled its 2016 presidential preference poll at the March 1 caucus.

Still, the numbers offer an interesting contrast to national polls that show Carson and Trump deadlocked in a GOP race with more than a dozen candidates. A deeper look at the numbers shows that Carson is winning among the voters who self-identified as “very conservative” or evangelical, though Cruz is galvanizing those who align with the Tea Party. John Hickenlooper down 10 points to his Republican rival weeks before voting began even though others showed him with a narrow 2 percentage point edge. The survey under-represented Democratic and unaffiliated voters, compared to state registration figures — which may help explain Clinton’s below-average performance in the poll.

The former secretary of state easily bested her Democratic rivals, taking 55 percent to 27 percent for Bernie Sanders and 2 percent of Martin O’Malley.

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