Clinton Easily Tops Republicans in Florida Poll

GOP analysts fear facing Clinton 'will be impossible'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
Clinton Easily Tops Republicans in Florida Poll
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs as she gives a speech during a ceremony honoring her at the Pentagon, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

With the 2016 elections right around the corner (well, a three-year corner), Hillary Clinton boasts 11-point leads over her closest Republican rivals in the swing state of Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Clinton leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 51%-40%, and Sen. Marco Rubio 52%-41%. She also holds sizable favorability leads over both, with 62% positive for Clinton, versus 50% for Bush and 41% for Rubio.

Three years is forever in politics, but with great numbers like that—not to mention her name recognition and wide fundraising network—it is no surprise that many GOP leaders are privately saying they're scared they won't have a shot in 2016 if she runs, reports Business Insider. Clinton is such a favorite to win the Democrats' nomination, analysts think the whole nomination process would basically be a coronation, giving Clinton a huge head start in campaigning while Republicans would be stuck in a brutal nomination dogfight. "If she runs, it'll be almost impossible, I fear," one GOP consultant tells the website. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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