In the post-Bridgegate world, many have pronounced Governor Chris Christie dead in the 2016 GOP presidential primary.
However, new polling suggests what most wise people already know: The field is still wide open.
In a national survey, WPA Opinion Research found that Republicans and Republican-leaning independents currently favor Senator Rand Paul and former governor Mike Huckabee, with both winning 13 percent of the vote. However, Governor Christie, former governor Jeb Bush, and Senator Ted Cruz are within the margin of error (3.5 percent) at 9 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent respectively.
More good news for Christie can be found in the polling:
When participants were also asked about which candidates would have the best chance of beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election for President, Sen. Paul and Gov. Christie each received 13% with Gov. Bush (12%), Sen. Rubio (9%), Huckabee (8%) and Sen. Cruz (8%) closely following.
Nineteen percent responded that they didn’t know who they would support. So there you have it: In 2014, the race for 2016 is anyone’s game. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.