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Hillary Clinton Holds Commanding Lead Over 2016 Primary Rivals in Florida

March 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over other potential Democratic presidential candidates in Florida, according to a poll released this week by Gravis Marketing.

Clinton takes 52 percent of Florida Democrats in the poll, more than three times the amount of her closest rival. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. -- who has said she will not run against Clinton but has kept the door open to running if the former first lady opts out -- takes a distant second with 14 percent. Vice President Joe Biden takes third with 9 percent.

Three dark-horse candidates lag behind Clinton, Warren and Biden. Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., takes 2 percent in the poll. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, and former Gov. Martin OMalley, D-Md., also garner 2 percent apiece.

President Barack Obama remains popular with Florida Democrats. According to the poll, almost two-thirds of Florida Democrats -- 65 percent -- approve of Obama while 28 percent do not approve of him.

Clinton defeated Obama in the Florida primary back in 2008. In the Jan. 29 primary, Clinton took 50 percent while 33 percent cast their votes for Obama. Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., pulled 14 percent.

Biden had already withdrawn by the Florida primary and he pulled 1 percent. Two other candidates who had also pulled out by then -- former Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., and then U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio -- also took 1 percent each in Florida.

The poll of 435 Florida Democrats was taken from Feb. 24-25 and had a margin of error of +/- 5 percent.

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