Raleigh, N.C. – The Chris Christie boomlet has carried over the Jersey border into the Keystone State. He leads Hillary Clinton by four points (48-44) in a state President Obama just carried by five. Other than that, however, Clinton continues to exceed the president’s margins in matchups against Ted Cruz (53-41), home state option Rick Santorum (51-42), and Rand Paul (51-43), and at least roughly matches him versus Jeb Bush (48-44), even in the choppy waters Democrats are sailing right now.
Among GOP primary voters, Christie has a decent 26-16 lead over Cruz, with Paul’s 14%, Bush’s 10%, Santorum’s 8%, Marco Rubio’s 6%, Paul Ryan’s 5%, and Scott Walker’s and Bobby Jindal’s 3% bringing up the rear.
In the wake of the federal government shutdown, Pat Toomey’s numbers have taken a hit. Only 36% of Pennsylvanians approve of the freshman senator’s job performance, with 46% disapproving. That is down a net seven points from eight months ago (34-37). He has fallen 20 points on the margin with independents, 11 with Democrats, and even two with his own party.