At this point, Hillary Clinton’s biggest challenger appears to be the current Vice President, Joe Biden. A lot can change in a year but that is a very high number to start out with. Compare this to the Republican side where some polls show the high water mark at 20% for a nominee due to the difference of opinions within the party.
Report from McClatchyDC:
At this early stage for the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s Hillary’s world, and everyone else just lives in it.
Hillary Clinton dominates the potential field of candidates for the Democratic nomination by huge margins, with a more than 5-to-1 advantage over her nearest rival and more than doubling the support of everyone else combined, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. The Republican race is wide open, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slightly ahead. And Clinton has an edge or outright lead over any of them.
“It’s Hillary versus the pack for the nomination,” said Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the poll.
“There is no strong contender against her,” he said. “She doesn’t want to use the word inevitable, but these numbers are as wide as they can get. She’s jogging around the track by herself.”
The former first lady, senator and secretary of state enjoys lopsided support among Democrats and Democratic-leading independents:
Clinton, 65 percent.
Vice President Joe Biden, 12 percent.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, 9 percent.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, 3 percent.
Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, 1 percent.
Really? Twelve percent for the sitting vice president? I’m betting Biden is feeling a little unwanted by these numbers. Elizabeth Warren has already stated she is not running in 2016 so give part of her 9% to Biden or Cuomo?