TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Nearly a third of Florida Republican voters support former Gov. Jeb Bush in a hypothetical presidential primary involving a lengthy list of GOP candidates, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.READ MORE: Residents Bubbling Up With Anger After Sunrise Utilities Department Sends Out Bloated Water Bills
Bush received support from 32 percent of registered Republicans in the state, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., followed at 15 percent. The only other potential candidate in double digits was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who received 11 percent.READ MORE: Pair Of South Florida Children Who Died A Couple Weeks Apart Have Saved 11 Lives Through Organ Donation
“Former Gov. Jeb Bush’s home state lead among Republicans is impressive,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “With U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio getting 15 percent, almost half the Florida GOP electorate backs a home state candidate. If Rubio, who has yet to make up his mind, decides not to run, that would give Bush a huge leg up in the nation’s most populous swing state. If Rubio does run it will set up a home-state battle between a mentor, Bush, and his protégé, Rubio.”
The poll, conducted from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1, showed former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a huge advantage among Florida Democrats. Clinton received the support of 61 percent of registered Democrats, while Vice President Joe Biden was next at 11 percent.MORE NEWS: Extremely Vulnerable To COVID? Complete A Medical Exemption Form & Visit New Federal Site At MDC’s North Campus
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.