Hillary Clinton holds the hypothetical lead over potential Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential election in the swing state of Virginia, a new poll found.
The former secretary of state has not declared her intent to campaign, but the majority of Americans continue to rank her above other politicians. In Virginia, Clinton most recently led embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 45% to 41%, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Christie was a front-runner in several national polls before the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal erupted earlier this year.
Among Virginia voters, Clinton also led former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 47% to 39%, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 48% to 42%, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 49% to 41%.
Pollsters conducted the survey by telephone between March 19 and 24 with 1,288 voters in Virginia, considered a swing state.
More than half – 52% – of Virginia voters held a favorable view of Clinton. The same amount of residents in the state disapproved of President Obama’s current handling of his position leading the country, adding to a recent declining favorability among Americans.
Clinton remains coy about her political plans, despite continuously scheduling trips to various parts of the country. Earlier this week, she appeared next to Jeb Bush at his event in Texas to promote higher education. She also recently spoke in New York about her memoir, due in bookstores by June.
Clinton, also a former senator, beat Bush, Paul, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in a previous Quinnipiac University poll conducted in Iowa, which kicks off the presidential nominating contest with first-in-the-nation caucuses.