A U.S. public opinion survey shows Republican Senator Marco Rubio leading the group of hopefuls for the party's 2016 presidential nomination.
A poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University has the first-term lawmaker from the southeastern state of Florida attracting 15 percent of registered Republican primary voters, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13 percent and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 11 percent. Neither Bush nor Walker have formally entered the race for the White House.
The poll also shows Rubio doing better against likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a potential general election matchup than the other Republican presidential hopefuls. But Rubio trails the former secretary of state by two percentage points, 45 to 43 percent.
In a Clinton v. Rubio smackdown, my money's on Hillary. Latinas would be torn, but Hillary would have the edge since Rubio is both a Republican and a Cubano.