A new PPP poll shows Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) with a slight edge in the 2016 GOP presidential field, while Hillary Clinton not only trounces every other Democrat, she leads every Republican candidate. Vice President Joe Biden trails Hillary by a wide margin, but interesting for Massachusetts is who comes in third:
Clinton continues to dominate the Democratic race, although her 40 point lead this month is down a bit from 50 and 46 points on our previous two polls. She’s at 52% to 12% for Biden, 6% for Elizabeth Warren, 5% for Kirsten Gillibrand, and 3% for Cory Booker with no one else above 2%.
In a Clinton-less field Biden leads with 34% to 13% for Warren, 10% for Andrew Cuomo, and 4% for Booker with no one else above 3%. And in a field without either Clinton or Biden the leader for the first time is Elizabeth Warren who gets 20% to 11% for Cuomo, 8% for Booker, and 5% for Gillibrand.
Unfortunately for Elizabeth Warren backers, the world does in fact include Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. As a big fan of both Hillary and Elizabeth, I’d like to have it both ways – Hillary representing us in the White House and Elizabeth representing us in the Senate. But it’s a reminder that Democrats have a strong, deep bench for 2016. And a reminder to Democrats afraid of taking strong progressive stances that Democrats like Democrats who represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.