Daniel Doherty

Hell, it’s a terribly slow news day so why not blog about this?

Secretary Clinton tops Gov. Christie 49 - 36 percent in an early look at the 2016 presidential race in this critical swing state. This compares to results of a November 27 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University showing Clinton at 42 percent, with Christie at 41 percent. The Democrat tops other possible Republican contenders:

•51 - 36 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush;
•50 - 36 percent over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida;
•51 - 38 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
•49 - 40 percent over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin;
•51 - 34 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
•51 - 39 percent over Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

A presidential nominee hasn’t lost the state of Ohio and won the presidency since 1960. So while this poll is technically meaningless -- after all, it was conducted two and a half years before voters will cast their ballots -- it’s nonetheless interesting to see Hillary Clinton virtually uncontested in the Buckeye State. And she’s not just edging her opponents, either; she’s dominating them. History tells us, then, if the presidential election were held today -- despite all the problems with Obamacare and the president’s relative unpopularity -- the 45th president of the United States would almost certainly be Hillary Clinton.

“As Ohio goes, so goes the nation,” the political aphorism warns us. Perhaps Republicans should keep that in mind.


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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