In the battle of way-too-early front-runners, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has opened with a lead over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a potential 2016 presidential matchup, according to a new poll.
A new NBC News poll shows that Clinton, a Democrat, would draw 44 percent of the vote to 35 percent for Christie, a Republican. The survey of 1,003 adults, conducted for NBC by Princeton Survey Research, carries a margin for error of 3.6 percentage points.
The survey shows that Clinton, who is contemplating a 2016 race, would begin a nomination bid with a huge head start over possible rivals. Fully 66 percent of Democrats in the survey said they would back her.