A new NBC News/Marist poll of the first three states in the primary process found that Hillary Clinton would smoke Scott Walker in Iowa and New Hampshire. She tied Walker in the red state of South Carolina.
According to the NBC News/Marist Poll:
In Iowa, Clinton holds an eight-point advantage over Bush, 48 percent to 40 percent, and an 11-point edge over Walker, 49 percent to 38 percent.
In New Hampshire, Clinton is up by six points over Bush (48 percent to 42 percent) and seven points over Walker (49 percent to 42 percent).
And in the GOP-leaning state of South Carolina, Bush leads Clinton by three points, 48 percent to 45 percent. And Walker ties her at 46 percent each.
The most surprising result is Clinton being tied with Walker in South Carolina. South Carolina hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since 1976. His supporters are trying to sell Scott Walker as new blood based on his age, but Walker’s policies are the same old agenda that Republicans have been pushing since Ronald Reagan successfully was elected president in 1980.
Walker may run well against Jeb Bush in the Iowa caucuses, but he matches up very poorly with Hillary Clinton in a general election. It doesn’t take much reading of the tea leaves to figure out that if Jeb Bush wins the nomination, Scott Walker could be in line to be his running mate.
Scott Walker’s refusal to say if he believes in evolution was the latest misstep for a candidate that has much more appeal with Republican voters than he does with the rest of the country. Gov. Walker (R-WI) is one of the Koch brothers’ preferred candidates, but he may be nothing more than a speed bump for Hillary Clinton.
If Republicans think college dropout Scott Walker is the answer, they are underestimating Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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