National Party Insiders Look to Florida for the GOP in 2016

By: Jim Turner | Posted: November 13, 2012 11:30 AM

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio

Florida again may be taking heat for its aptitude in conducting a general election, but the Sunshine State continues to get love for its GOP politicians.

Party insiders point to Florida when they cast their eyes toward who will top the Republican ticket in the 2016 presidential contest.

A poll of insiders from both parties by "National Journal" put Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Orlando, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the leaders they would expect to be the GOP’s strongest presidential nominees if the contest were right now, instead of a week shy of four years off.

Republican insiders gave the nod to Rubio, with 40 percent, with Bush garnering 27 percent for second place.

Democrats projected that Bush has the strongest chances, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and then Rubio.

The Hill noted that “Dems tend to overestimate conservative love for Jeb and most of their praise is coupled with something predictably squishy like ‘and he's a moderate, too!’”

Christie, who has been criticized for embracing President Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy, only got 8 percent of the Republican insider vote.  

Christie's placement landed in fifth place on the GOP poll, behind U.S Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who each got 9 percent.

Ryan, the former GOP vice presidential pick, received just 1 percent of the vote from Democrats, tied with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and a percentage point behind Santorum and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Hill noted that Ryan’s standing by both parties shows, “Clearly he didn't set himself up as the undisputed front-runner for 2016.”

View Sunshine State News Poll on the GOP 2016 ticket here.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

Comments (4)

john henry
1:04AM NOV 14TH 2012
And yet your own poll shows Rand Paul obliterating the "insiders" picks.

Why does anybody listen to these people? They don't speak for anyone but themselves.
9:57PM NOV 13TH 2012
Rubio can't even run because his parents were not citizens when he was born.
9:57PM NOV 13TH 2012
Rubio can't even run because his parents were not citizens when he was born.
7:51PM NOV 13TH 2012
Bush, particularly, has skeletons buried in his political and personal closets that will become exposed during a national campaign.

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