Rand Paul Slips to 9% in Recent GOP Presidential Poll; Christie Still LeadsSubmitted by RandWatcher on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:29
Posted on January 20, 2014 by James Carroll
WASHINGTON – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has slipped to 9 percent and third place in the most recent NBC News/Marist Poll measuring Republican support for potential 2016 candidates.
In December, Paul had the backing of 12 percent of Republicans, putting him in second place behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Now beseiged by charges that his administration closed lanes of the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York for political reasons, Christie still tops the GOP field of possible White House hopefuls, the poll finds.
Christie has the support of 16 percent of Republicans, followed by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan at 12 percent, then Paul at 9 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has 8 percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 7, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 6, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 5, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also at 5, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 4, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 3. The poll found that 25 percent of Republicans surveyed were undecided.