Only Two Republicans Lead Clinton, You’ll Be Surprised Who They Are

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Only two Republican presidential candidates are leading Hillary Clinton in head-to-head polling–but it’s not who anyone would expect.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal and NBC News poll, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, are the only two Republicans in the polls who would beat Hillary Clinton in a one-on-one matchup if the election were held today.

Fiorina leads Clinton by one point, 45-44, and Carson also leads Clinton by one point, 46-45.

But what’s extremely telling is that the same poll shows the two media-appointed frontrunners for the nomination–businessman Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush–trailing Hillary.

While Bush trails Hillary by just one point, 45-44, Trump trails her by a huge margin of ten points, 49-39.

Hillary Clinton’s popularity–and her poll numbers–have continued to crater in recent months.

The problem for her is that she’s a known quantity–she’s been in public life for so long that, essentially, everyone who wants to vote for her is already in her camp.

Barring a Republican candidate that’s disliked by a large portion of the party, like Donald Trump or Jeb Bush, that leaves Hillary Clinton little room to grow.

So if she’s only pulling 44 or 45% of the vote–and trailing who might be her eventual challenger, even though they have far less name recognition than she does–that could spell doom for Hillary’s White House chances.

Morgan Mayhew
Morgan is a freelance writer for a variety of publications covering popular culture, societal behavior and the political influences of each.