A newly released Quinnipiac Poll has Democrat candidates across the country very worried. With less than a year to go before the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have eliminated a 9-point electoral gap from mid-October. They are now even split with Democrats at 39-39 for who voters would prefer to see running the government in Washington, D.C. This may not seem like much of a win, only getting to a tie with the authors and backers of Obamacare, but Republicans have not been this close to Democrats in popularity in a long time.
The Quinnipiac poll also looked at which party voters are inclined to vote for in 2014. Here the poll found a major shift. On October 1st Quinnipiac found a 43-34 advantage for Democrats on the question. The new poll shows voters are now evenly split, 39-39.
This was not the only point on which Democrats could find something to fear. Hillary Clinton has long been considered by media pundits as an almost unbeatable foe for any Republican candidate. This latest Q-poll seems to argue that that is no longer the case, as one Republican is actually polling ahead of the popular Democrat. That Republicans name?
The poll of American voters showed Christie garnering 43 percent while Clinton received 42 percent. Christie was the only Republican who beat Clinton in potential head to head race.
The popular New Jersey Governor now has some important ammunition at his disposal if he is considering a 2016 Presidential run. Any Republican candidate would love to be able to say that they “know” they could beat Hillary Clinton – but only Christie has any evidence.
Christie’s concern now is how to keep the support of moderates while trying to energize the conservative base that is wary of yet another moderate Republican candidate after the failures of John McCain and Mitt Romney. Conservatives are not only worried that a moderate cannot win, but if he does win – what does that mean for conservative issues? Christie is on the wrong side of several major issues and conservatives may not be willing to risk voting for him if it means that they are voting for the President who hurts those rights.
Governor Christie can cheer about this poll for now, but if he wants it to mean anything, he’s got a lot of work to do.
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