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Poll: Hillary Clinton has edge over GOP contenders in Virginia

A new poll released Thursday shows Hillary Clinton leads all potential GOP candidates in the key swing state of Virginia.

The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, does show that the gap between here and Gov. Chris Christie is narrowing. Now, she’s edging him out 45 to 41 percent.

“… Hillary Clinton’s lead over New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, top-seeded among Republicans, is only four poitns, smaller than in other recent Quinnipiac University surveys,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “Whether that means the ‘bridgegate’ impact on Gov. Christie is fading in the rear-view mirror, only time will tell.”

Here’s how she fares against other potential GOP contenders in hypothetical head-to-head matchups:

  • 47 to 39 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
  • 48 to 42 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
  • 49 to 41 over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

In terms of favorability rating, 52 pecent of Virginia voters give her a favorable rating; Huckabee comes in at No. 2 with a 39 percent favorability rating.