The next presidential election is a good three years away but frontrunners on the Democratic team are two people vastly familiar with the Obama administration. Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have emerged as the two main presidential hopefuls.
According to a new poll Clinton and Biden should look into a 2016 White House bid.
From The Huffington Post:
In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, there was no clear winner for the Republican nomination. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took first place, with 19 percent among Republican voters. He was closely followed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at 17 percent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at 15 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 14 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took 10 percent, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell all failed to crack double digits.
In a separate McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden had the edge over most of their hypothetical Republican rivals.
Clinton took more than 50 percent of the vote against Rubio (52 percent to 40 percent), Paul (52 to 41), and Bush (54 to 38), while Biden had slightly narrower leads against each of the three men. The exception to the rule was Christie, who beat Biden by 3 points and only lost to Clinton by 3 points.
Since the election is still far away, the numbers may say less about electoral prospects than name recognition — Clinton and Biden are almost universal household names, while many of the Republicans remain lesser-known.
Biden–who ran for president in 1988– has not expressed a new desire to become commander in chief, but has had a long career in politics. He was elected into the Delaware U.S. Senate seat in 1972, becoming the sixth-youngest person in American history to do so.
As for Clinton, she has remained out of the spotlight since leaving her position with the State Department, reemerging yesterday, for a the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony in Washington D.C.
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