Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects are looking bright in the Sunshine State.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows the former secretary of state easily beating all potential 2016 GOP opponents in the battleground state of Florida – including the state’s former Gov. Jeb Bush and current Sen. Marco Rubio – by a seven to 21 point margin.
Among Democratic presidential primary voters, Clinton is the clear favorite, receiving 67% support compared to Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who each received 8%.
Among Republican presidential primary voters in the state, Bush received the most support with 21%, followed by Rubio with 18%, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas garnered 10% followed by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with 8%, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 7%, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 6%.
Even in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups, Clinton beats all the potential Republican competitors. That includes Clinton over Bush by a 49% to 42% margin and Clinton over Rubio by a 53% to 37% margin.
“Inside the Beltway they may be talking about Mrs. Clinton’s potential weaknesses should she run in 2016. But at this point in Florida, the nation’s largest presidential swing state, her assets overwhelm any vulnerabilities,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
The former first lady is currently on a book tour for her memoir “Hard Choices,” which was released in June. The publicity campaign is being seen as part of a months-long rollout leading up to a decision on whether or not she’ll run for president. She has previously said that she’ll decide by the end of the year.
Former President Bill Clinton claimed this week he doesn’t know whether his wife will make a bid for the nation’s highest office.