For the first time in history, Florida has two politicians running for president, but according to a new Quinnipiac poll, that fact doesn't mean either candidate is guaranteed a win in his home state. The poll, released today, shows Hillary Clinton still holds a lead over Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in head-to-head matchups in the Sunshine State.
Clinton received 46 percent of the vote to Jeb Bush's 42 percent. Rubio does somewhat better against the former secretary of state, but Clinton still leads 47 to 44.
The last time Quinnipiac released a Florida poll in late March, Bush led Clinton 45 to 42.
None of the other Republican candidates in the field fares quite as well as Bush or Rubio over Clinton, however. She leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by 11 points, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul by seven points, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (also now a Florida resident) by 11 points, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 11 points, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by ten points, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich by 13 points.
Clinton holds leads among all Republican foes and among independents and women. She holds a six-point lead over Rubio and a two-point lead over Bush among independents.
This despite the fact that many Floridians have trouble trusting Clinton. Asked if "Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy or not," 51 percent of Floridians said no, compared to just 43 percent who said yes. Meanwhile, 52 percent said Jeb is trustworthy, and 50 percent say the same of Rubio.
However, 61 percent of Floridians agree that Clinton "has strong leadership qualities." Then again, 62 percent say the same of Bush, but just just 52 can say that about Rubio.
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