Clinton has big lead among Iowa Dems, but GOP field is muddled, Suffolk U. poll finds

McClatchy Washington BureauApril 9, 2014 

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Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

LIONEL HAHN — MCT

Hillary Clinton is way ahead among Iowa Democratic voters as their choice for the 2016 presidential nomination, but the Republican field is scrambled, according to a new Suffolk University poll.

Asked their first choice, voters in what’s traditionally the nation’s first caucus state listed Clinton, the former secretary of state, first among Democrats. She was picked by 63 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at 12 percent and Vice President Joe Biden at 10 percent.

Among Republicans, who have been visiting Iowa routinely in recent months, there was no clear favorite.

The findings: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 11 percent; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10 percent each; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson, 9 percent each, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 7 percent.

Six had 6 percent: 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wis., former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Sen. Rick Santorum, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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