Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and present Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker lead what seems to a strong pack of Republican hopefuls as we get ready for the 2016 Presidential Primary season. Yesterday NBC News and Marist released the most recent poll on what might happen about a year from now.
In Iowa, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the GOP pack getting support from 17 percent of potential Republican caucus-goers. He has done very well there in past elections so that is not big news to most political insiders. But right on his heels is Bush at 16 percent, Walker at 15 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 9 percent and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at 7 percent.
In New Hampshire, is where Bush shows that he has a solid following as he grab 18 percent of potential GOP primary voters, followed by Walker at 15 percent, Paul at 14 percent and Christie at 13 percent.
Meanwhile, in ultra conservative South Carolina, hometown boy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at 17 percent, Bush at 15 percent, Walker at 12 percent, and Huckabee and retired Johns Hopkins, neurosurgeon Ben Carson tied at 10 percent.
So as you can see less than a year out there is no lack of storylines for the GOP side of the 2016 Presidential Campaign, but the Bush money machine is in full stride and he will hit the $100 million mark in fundraising far before any of his many competitors. That should give the former Florida governor a strong leg up in gaining the nomination.
In that same NBC/Marist poll the Democratic nomination contest is much less competitive in these three states. In Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Vice President Joe Biden by more than 50 points, 68 percent to 12 percent.
She’s ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by the same margin in New Hampshire, 69 percent to 13 percent. While in South Carolina, Clinton has a 45-point advantage over Biden, 65 percent to 20 percent.