In the latest NBC/WSJ 2016 presidential poll, Rand Paul fairs better than anyone in the GOP field against presumptive Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Republican candidate Rand Paul is just three points below Clinton in a head-to-head match-up, besting his nearest competitor by four percentage points.
- Bush 43% Clinton 49% (+6)
- Rubio 43% Clinton 49% (+6)
- Walker 40% Clinton 50% (+10)
- Paul 44% Clinton 47% (+3)
In an early assessment of the still-emerging GOP field, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, drew the most support among GOP primary voters, with 23% naming him their top choice. But by some measures, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Mr. Bush’s onetime protégé, showed signs of broader strength. Nearly three quarters of GOP primary voters said they could see themselves supporting him, even if he wasn’t their first choice, a larger share than claimed by any rival…
In those matchups against four potential rivals, Mrs. Clinton topped Messrs. Bush and Rubio by 49% to 43%, and she topped Mr. Walker by 50% to 40%. The GOP candidate who came closest to Mrs. Clinton was Sen. Rand Paul, who trailed by 47%-44%.