Clinton Crushes Competition in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa

Vivian Hughbanks
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Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:00 PM
Clinton Crushes Competition in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa

In poll results released over the weekend, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trounced other potential Democratic presidential nominees by a minimum of 45 percentage points in three different states. The NBC poll queried potential voters in New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina.

In New Hampshire, Clinton was supported by 69 percent of respondents. The only other Democrat to land double digits was Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) at 13 percent. Vice President Joe Biden received 8 percent support, followed by former Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD), each taking less than 2 percent.

When asked who they would support if the 2016 presidential election were held today, Clinton was supported by 48 percent of New Hampshire respondents over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 42 percent, and 49 percent supported Clinton over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)  also at 42 percent support.

In Iowa, Clinton was the clear favorite for the Democratic nomination, garnering the support of 68 percent of respondents. Biden followed with 12 percent, while Sanders, Webb, and O'Malley took less than 10 percent combined.

Clinton was favored above Bush and Walker by a minimum of 8 percentage points in the Hawkeye State.

Responders from South Carolina support Clinton over Biden for Democratic nominee by 45 percentage points.

The poll did not indicate a frontrunner among Republicans.

New Hampshire respondents supported Bush (18 percent) above Walker (15 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (14 percent), and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (13 percent).

The top spot in Iowa was a close call between Bush, Walker and Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with only one point difference between the three potential candidates.

South Carolinians favored Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) above Bush, Walker and Huckabee by two points.