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Rasmussen: Christie, Rubio Lead Among Likely 2016 GOP Primary Voters

12:29 PM, Aug 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The 2016 presidential primary season doesn't begin for another two and half years, and a new poll from Rasmussen shows there's no consensus among Republican primary voters about the preferred candidate. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, leads the poll of 1000 likely primary voters with 21 percent support, while Florida senator Marco Rubio is in a close second with 18 percent support. Another Floridian, former governor Jeb Bush, follows with 16 percent while Kentucky senator Rand Paul rounds out the top 4 with 15 percent.

Here's more from Rasmussen:

Congressman Paul Ryan, the unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, picks up 13% of the Republican vote, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dead last at six percent (6%). Just three percent (3%) prefer another candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

Christie is up for reelection in New Jersey this year and currently leads his Democratic challenger by a substantial margin. Bush, on the other hand, has not held elected office since 2007, when he left Tallahassee after serving two terms. Both senators Rubio and Paul were elected in 2010 and would have to run for reelection in 2016.

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