Another Poll Shows Republicans Ditching Christie For Huckabee In 2016


A poll out Tuesday provided more evidence that Mike Huckabee has benefitted from both his comment on contraception and the bridge scandal embroiling Chris Christie.

The latest CNN/ORC International poll showed Huckabee leading the GOP’s potential 2016 pack with 14 percent support, edging Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) by a single point. Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) each claimed the support of 10 percent of GOP voters.

A CNN/ORC poll in late-November and early-December found the New Jersey governor leading his Republican rivals.

Democratic pollster PPP showed last week that Huckabee could have some momentum. Following Huckabee’s widely mocked remark about birth control and the female libido, a survey from PPP last showed the former Arkansas governor as the GOP’s top choice for 2016.

The CNN/ORC poll also indicated that Christie’s electability has been damaged by the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal. In a hypothetical presidential matchup, Hillary Clinton trounced Christie among registered voters nationwide, 55 percent to 39 percent.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll last week also showed Clinton with a comfortable lead over Christie.