n an early poll conducted in Iowa, the state that holds the first presidential nominating caucus in the country, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul far outpaced his potential Republican presidential opponents.
A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster McKeon & Associates for Freedom to Choose PAC, a pro-gun group, found Paul with an early lead over other possible presidential contenders.
The poll, provided to The Daily Caller, surveyed 804 registered Iowa voters using phone interviews. 328 usually participated in the Republican presidential caucuses, and 247 said they usually participated in the Democratic caucuses. The poll was conducted on April 18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
Among voters who said they usually took part in the Republican presidential caucuses,** 39 percent said they would vote for Paul** if the caucuses were held today. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was in a distant second place with 20 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at 11 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was at 10 percent, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was tied with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at three percent.
Paul’s lead was buoyed by his strong support among independent voters, who said they usually attend the Republican caucuses. Sixty-seven percent said they would support Paul. The other 33 percent said they would support Christie.
Among self-identified Republicans, Rubio and Paul ran close, with Rubio getting the support 24 percent and Paul getting the support of 30 percent. Christie’s share of the vote fell to four percent among such voters.
I’d say Rubio would be a better VP choice, but I dunno if Rubio would accept.
Not much of a surprise there. His dad was a close second to Mitt in 2012. Don’t see Santorum or Newt on the chart… but don’t know if the survey allowed them to be picked…Interesting that Christie support was low single digits if you just picked Republicans opinions. He’s killed his chances.
When will Ted Cruz start showing up?
I don’t think Rand would ever even consider choosing Rubio and thank God for that!
I could see him do it in order to appease the Neoconservative wing of the GOP. Presidents and Vice Presidents don’t always get along. Eisenhower wasn’t a huge fan of Nixon. Teddy disagreed with McKinley a lot. Lincoln and Johnson were polar opposites. And IIRC Andrew Jackson didn’t get along well with Calhoun.
It’s fortunate that polls never change.
With Florida being moved back, Rand can conceivably sweep the first three states and not face a brick wall.
They won’t be voting for a democrat anyway and Rand needs to appeal to independents if he wants to win the general election. He would never choose Rubio. I would think he’d chose someone like Susanna Martinez as his VP.