PPP's early polling on who Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina would like as their candidate for President in 2016 finds that 5 different potential candidates hit double digits on the GOP side, while Hillary Clinton continues to be the overwhelming choice on the Democratic side.
Ben Carson leads the way for the Republicans with 19% to 15% for Jeb Bush, 14% each for Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, 11% for Paul Ryan, 7% for Rick Perry, 5% each for Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, and 4% for Marco Rubio.
Carson's name recognition isn't as high as the other Republicans, but among those familiar with him 47% have a favorable opinion to just 12% with a negative one. Huckabee (67/17) and Bush (61/17) are also pretty popular with the Republican base, while feelings toward Christie (42/32) are considerably more mixed.
On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton continues to be pretty dominant. She's at 52% to 18% for Joe Biden, 7% for Elizabeth Warren, 5% for Bernie Sanders, 4% for Andrew Cuomo, 2% for Jim Webb, 1% for Martin O'Malley, and less than half a percent for Brian Schweitzer.