Virginia poll says Clinton is top pick for Democratic nomination

A new poll released Monday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would win the Democratic nomination in Virginia in the 2016 presidential election.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tops the list of Republicans mentioned as top contenders for the GOP nomination with 19 percent support. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trails behind Christie with 18 percent, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), tie with 13 percent.

“Hillary Clinton doesn’t just have a friend in the governor’s mansion, she has plenty of friends among Virginia voters,” said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center. “But Chris Christie makes it very competitive, as the only Republican who keeps Clinton’s vote among women below 50 percent.”

According to the Richmond-Dispatch Times, the survey of 901 registered voters from Feb. 23-28 carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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