We’re still about six weeks away from the May 20 midterm primary, but already, the 2016 presidential election season is starting to gather steam.
A Suffolk University poll shows that Hillary Clinton is the runaway favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses.
Iowa is typically the state that leads off the presidential nominating process.
The survey from Suffolk, in Boston, notes that while some Republicans have started to visit the Hawkeye State, no favorites have emerged among potential GOP presidential candidates.
The self-described Iowa caucus-goers were asked their first choice for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, and it showed 63 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 12 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and 10 percent for Vice President Joe Biden.
A clear picture didn’t emerge on the GOP side, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 10 percent each. Here are how some others fared: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson, 9 percent each, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 7 percent.
Six others had 6 percent each: Congressman and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
See the full poll results for this question and others at www.suffolk.edu/academics/10740.php.
– John Guerriero