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Poll: Bush and Clinton in dead heat in Florida

New Quinnipiac poll finds Clinton leading other Republican contenders in Sunshine State

♦By Rich Shumate, editor

florida mugMIAMI (CFP) — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are in a statistical dead heat in a hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up in the key swing state of Florida, a new poll finds.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Quinnipiac University poll of 936 registered voters in Florida found Clinton was the choice of 44 percent, compared to 43 percent for Bush — within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.

However, Clinton, a Democrat, fared much better in hypothetical match-ups with four other potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, including Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

The poll found Clinton led Rubio 49 percent to 39 percent among Florida voters, outside the margin of error.

Against three other Republican candidates, Clinton did even better, cracking 50 percent and holding double-digit leads over former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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