comScore Southern Avenger Defender Rand Paul Takes Lead In Iowa Republican Primary Poll

Southern Avenger Defender Rand Paul Takes Lead In Iowa Republican Primary Poll

Even as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) takes criticism from overly-sensitive fans of The Great Emancipator, his fortunes with Republican primary voters continue to improve. In Democratic-leaning (but dead-on accurate) Public Policy Polling’s April poll, the Kentucky senator leapfrogged to second place among Republican presidential hopefuls, nationally. In PPP’s most recent poll of first-in-the-nation Iowa, the Southern Avenger’s biggest defender has taken the lead with registered Republicans in the state, but still gets clobbered in head-to-head polling with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

From PPP:

PPP’s newest look at the Republican race for 2016 in Iowa finds a new leader. Rand Paul is at 18% to 16% for Chris Christie, 15% for Paul Ryan, 14% for Jeb Bush, 11% for Marco Rubio, 10% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Rick Santorum, 2% for Bobby Jindal, and 1% for Susana Martinez. Paul also led the last time we polled New Hampshire with 28% to 25% for Rubio and 14% for Christie.

…When it comes to the general election Clinton is a clear favorite against all comers. Chris Christie comes closest to her but still trails by 7 points at 43/36. After that it’s Paul Ryan trailing by 9 at 49/40, Rand Paul down 11 at 48/37, Marco Rubio down 12 at 47/35, and Jeb Bush down 14 at 50/36.

While Republican voters still prefer Rand Paul to more viable general election candidate Chris Christie, the general electorate seems to prefer everyone but Rand Paul. In a June Gallup poll, Paul had the worst favorability rating of the five Republicans polled.

This latest PPP poll was taken between July 5 and July 7, before the Southern Avenger story hit. If you missed that, Paul’s new media director, Jack Hunter, was raked over the coals by a Washington Free Beacon exposé detailing the exploits of Hunter’s Confederate mask-wearing, Lincoln-hating, John Wilkes Booth-toasting Southern Avenger, and of views which he publicly defended until very recently. Sen. Paul decided to stand by Hunter, a decision which could affect his position in Republican primary polls. My money is on it helping him.

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