Though former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is often hailed by the Republican establishment as the best candidate to take on Hillary Clinton in a potential 2016 general election contest for president, Clinton clobbers Bush by 20 percentage points in a hypothetical matchup.
According to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday, Clinton leads Bush 57% to 37%. Bush does worse against Clinton than do Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Bush, who has not ruled out a presidential bid, may have seen his stock rise among GOP insiders after Christie’s “Bridgegate” and Hurricane Sandy scandals, both of which have damaged Christie with Republican primary voters and the general election electorate in the same poll.