Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting her likely presidential campaign ahead of many of her Republican rivals in a trio of key swing states, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Clinton beating most Republican contenders in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. Republicans with home-state advantages fare better against the presumptive Democratic front-runner. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is tied with Clinton in his state, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich is tied with Clinton in his state.
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But Clinton trounces three other potential candidates—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee—in all three states by double-digits. No candidate has won the presidency without securing at least two of these three swing states since 1960.
The survey, conducted Jan. 22-Feb. 1, has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points in Florida and Ohio, and 3.3 percentage points in Pennsylvania.