Joe Biden and Rick Santorum might both be native Pennsylvanians, but it's not giving either of them a leg up when it comes to the Presidential race in the state in 2016.
On the Democratic side 65% of voters want Hillary Clinton to be their candidate in 2016 to just 9% for Biden, 5% for Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Cuomo, and 4% for Cory Booker. Clinton polls over 60% with liberals, moderates, women, whites, African Americans, and voters within every age group.
On the Republican side Chris Christie is the candidate of choice at 23%, followed by Mike Huckabee at 14%, Rand Paul at 12%, and Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz at 10%. Despite his native status Santorum manages only a 6th place finish at 8%, followed by Marco Rubio at 6%, Paul Ryan at 4%, and Scott Walker at 3%. Christie leads based on his strength with moderates and voters who identify as 'somewhat conservative.'
Hillary Clinton has double digit leads over all of her potential Republican opponents for the general election. It's 49/39 over Chris Christie, 51/40 over Rick Santorum, 51/37 over Jeb Bush, 52/38 over Rand Paul, 52/37 over Mike Huckabee, and 53/34 over Ted Cruz. Those leads are all considerably bigger than what Barack Obama won the state by in 2012.
Other notes from Pennsylvania:
-Pennsylvania's baseball loyalties are very closely divided with 32% of fans going for the Phillies to 29% for the Pirates, 8% for the Yankees, and 5% for the Orioles. Pirates fans are pretty happy with Clint Hurdle's job performance, giving him a 50/7 approval rating. Phillies fans are taking more of a wait and see approach when it comes to Ryne Sandberg- 32% approve of him to 14% who disapprove, but a majority have no opinion about him one way or the other.
-Finally the actual Governor's race in Pennsylvania is not very competitive, but a more fun hypothetical one would be. The Phillie Phanatic would edge the Pirate Parrot 35/29 in a potential Gubernatorial match up, drawing on support from both Republicans (38/27) and Democrats (36/30). Next time we go into Pennsylvania we might need to take it a step further and test Tom Corbett against the Phillie Phanatic and see how it turns out.
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