The 2016 Presidential Election season moves microscopically forward – the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) clown car continues to pick up occupants, currently 16 at last count – fast approaching critical mass – while the Democratic Party drags along, picking up few contenders.
Where are things as we move into the first July of the 2016 campaign season?
Nationally, a CNN/Opinion Research Poll, conducted by telephone of “registered voters” from June 26 to 28, 2015
Has the GOTP Clown Car lining up thus:
Jeb Bush leading the pack at 19%
Donald Trump (interestingly enough for a xenophobe) at 12%
Mike Huckabee 8%
Ben Carson and Rand Paul 7%
Scott Walker and Marco Rubio 6%
Rick Perry 4%
Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rick Santorum 3%
John Kasich and Bobby Jindal 2%
Carly Fiorina and Lindsey Graham bringing up the rear at 1%
On the Democratic side, the same poll has:
Hillary Clinton still way out in front with 58%
Vice-President Joe Biden 17%
Bernie Sanders at 15%
Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb 2%
Lincoln Chafee at 0%.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Poll, if the General Election was today:
Clinton 59/Trump 39
Clinton 57/Walker 40
Clinton 56/Rubio 40
Clinton 55/Christie 39
Clinton 54/Bush 41
The poll did not ask voters about a match-up between Clinton and Carson, Huckabee, Perry, Kasich, Fiorina, Santorum or Graham.
According to recent polling data available, if the election was today Hillary Clinton would be the 45th President of the United States, and the others would still be footnotes in history books.