Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Hollywood, Fla. on Jan. 29, 2014. (Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP)
Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP

Even in Florida, Clinton beats Bush


It’s bad news for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: even in his home state, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still dominates.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll out on Thursday, Clinton leads the list of possible Republican candidates by eight or more points in Florida.

Bush’s name has been increasingly tossed around as a front-runner for 2016, but poll numbers show a less than dominant candidate. On Wednesday, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found just 21% of voters view the two-term Republican governor positively, compared to 32% who view him unfavorably.

In the Quinnipiac poll, Clinton dominates Bush 49-41 points.

Clinton also topped other GOP hopefuls, like Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who garnered half the Republican primary votes Bush pulled in, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

While the Republican field looks muddled—Bush’s plurality of primary votes is 27%the Democratic front runner is clear, with Clinton earning 64% of the vote. Vice President Joe Biden earned just 11% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren grabbed 6%.

Clinton’s dominance came even as Florida voters gave the president a negative 46-50 approval rating, up slightly from six months of struggling numbers.

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