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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What America Thinks: Is This Hillary’s Race?

The Republican party has been getting lots of news coverage lately, due to its ever-growing candidate pool for the 2016 presidential election. But while GOP contenders have been throwing their hats in the ring left and right, what’s happening on the Democratic side, especially its main frontrunner, Hillary Clinton? We decided to find out what America thinks.

While the Republicans have been getting all the press, Clinton’s been quietly ramping up her campaign. Since she officially announced her candidacy in April, she’s been the party’s biggest frontrunner, outpacing the other three declared candidates by double-digit margins. Currently, 91% of Democratic voters think Clinton is likely to be their 2016 nominee. Less than a quarter of Democrats say the same about challengers Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee.

Even when pitted against hypothetical hopefuls, it’s still a Clinton blowout. She outpaces potential Democratic hopeful and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg by nearly 50 points in a hypothetical matchup. Similarly, she bests Democratic darling Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has vehemently declared she will not run for president, by 40 points. Even the first lady lags behind Clinton, trailing her more than 30 points in a matchup.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats take it a step further, saying it’s likely Clinton will be president, even though 36% think the Democrats should look for a fresh face to run for president in 2016, rather than promote a candidate who has already run in the past. Forty-four percent (44%) of Democrats disagree, though.

No matter how you slice it, it looks like, as of right now, Hillary has the primary race in the bag, but there’s still plenty of time to go before voters head to the polls.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.