Hillary leads in 2016 match-ups as Carson, Rubio run closest

Updated

Hillary Clinton leads the Republican presidential field in hypothetical general-election match-ups, with Ben Carson and Marco Rubio running the closest to her, according to a new national MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll.

And with just one exception, the margin of Clinton’s lead among Latino voters determines just how competitive each match-up is.

Clinton’s biggest lead is against current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump: She’s ahead of him by 11 points among all voters, 52% to 41%, and a whopping 42 points among Latino voters, 69 percent to 27 percent.

The former Democratic secretary of state leads Ted Cruz by seven points nationally, 51% to 44%, and by 27 points among Latinos, 61% to 34%.

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Clinton holds a four-point advantage over Jeb Bush, 49% to 45 percent, and a 26-point lead among Latinos, 61% to 35 percent.

She’s ahead of Marco Rubio by three points among all voters, 48 percent to 45 percent, and 19 points among Latinos, 57 percent to 38%.

And Clinton leads Ben Carson by just one point, 48% to 47%, and she holds a 26-point edge among Latinos, 61% to 35%.

The MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll also finds that a generic Democratic presidential is tied with a generic Republican at 45 percent to 45 percent, while that lead expands to 20 points among Latino voters, 56% to 36%.

To put these Latino poll numbers into perspective, Barack Obama defeated John McCain among Latinos by 36 points in 2008, 67% to 31%.

And he beat Mitt Romney by 44 points in 2012, 71% to 27%.

The MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll was conducted Nov. 15-Dec. 2, and it interviewed 2,360 registered voters (with a margin of error of plus-minus 2.0 percentage points), and 264 Latino voters (plus-minus 6.0 percentage points). 

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Hillary leads in 2016 match-ups as Carson, Rubio run closest

Updated