Even After All The Email Attention, Hillary Still Leads Entire 2016 Field


Even after the recent negative attention former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) received over using private email to conduct official business, she still is the favorite over the entire likely 2016 presidential field, according to a new CNN poll on Wednesday.

Clinton leads the rest of the likely Democratic field by more than 40 points, the poll found. Sixty-two percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents listed Clinton as their preferred candidate in 2016, followed by Vice President Joe Biden with 15 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) —who has repeatedly said she won’t run for president— with 10 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) with 3 percent.

In head to head matchups with Republicans, meanwhile, Clinton tops each candidate by at least 10 points. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), gets closest, the poll found, with 43 percent saying they would back him, and 54 percent saying they would support Clinton.

In a matchup with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Clinton leads 55 percent to 40 percent. Those numbers are the same in a head-to-head matchup with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). Walker and Bush have generally polled at the head of the expected 2016 GOP field.

The CNN poll’s findings comes in the aftermath of revelations that Clinton used a personal email server to conduct official business at the State Department. Clinton, at a press conference at the United Nations, explained that the emails on the server that she deleted were personal emails related to things like planning her daughter’s wedding or her yoga routines.

The poll was conducted between March 13 and March 15 among 1,009 voters. It had a margin of error of plus or minis 3 percentage points.

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