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Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC rakes in big bucks

Ready for Hillary raked in big bucks through fundraising, as another poll saw her as a clear front runner in 2016.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures before delivering the keynote address at Marketo’s 2014 Marketing Nation Summit on April 8, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif.

It's a good week to be Hillary Clinton. 

The pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary raked in $1.7 million between January and March of this year, up half a million from the last reporting period when they pulled in $1.2 million.

These aren't big numbers in the world of super PACs, where groups spend millions on TV ads on a seemmingly weekly basis. But Ready for Hillary is focusing on building a grassroots network to give the former secretary of state a leg-up on all other candidates.

The $1.7 million raised last quarter came from from 32,000 donors, the group said. A whopping 98% of those donations were less than $100; nearly 10,000 were $20.16, the group's suggested donation amount. The average donation was $53 dollars. 

In the press release announcing the latest numbers, the group boasted that i has already identified 2 million supporters since it's founding a year ago. It's an indication of a grassroots base—something that helped Barack Obama beat Clinton in 2008.

Clinton got some more good news this week. A new Iowa poll by Suffolk University indicated a strong reception for Hillary Clinton and a muddled Republican field. 

While the presidential election is years away and none of the candidates in the poll have declared their candidacy, Iowa’s caucuses—it's the first state to choose presidential candidates—is a kingmaker.

Clinton scored 63% of the Democratic votes in the Suffolk poll, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has said she has no plans to run in 2016, with 12% of the vote.

Vice President Joe Biden, who has hinted that he may run, brought in 10% of the Democratic votes.

Across the aisle, the field is disparate and muddled.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee brought in 11% of the vote, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Florida’s former Gov. Jeb Bush brought in 10% each.

Huckabee has gotten in some hot water in recent months over his comments about women. And in a speech earlier this week in Iowa, Huckabee made this remark, according to Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich:

Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker, and a handful of others each scrapped by with single digits of the vote.

Other polls haved showed a similarly disparate Republican fields, like in Florida where Clinton also found a strong reception. Florida Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush also felt the boon of support from home-field advantage.