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New Poll Shows Clinton/Braley Leading In Iowa

HAMDEN, Conn. (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A new poll out Thursday puts Hillary Clinton at the top of the 2016 presidential race in Iowa.

The Quinnipiac University Poll shows the former Secretary of State leads New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 48% to 35%. That reverses a 45% to 40% Christie lead in a December 17th poll.

The latest poll also shows Clinton with a substantial lead over other Republican contenders: 49% to 39% over U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky; 51% to 35% over U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; 51% to 37% over former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.

Thursday's poll also shows Democratic Iowa U.S. Representative Bruce Braley leads all likely Republican contenders in the 2014 race for a U.S. Senate seat being left open by Senator Tom Harkin.

The poll shows Braley leading former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker 42% to 30%. Braley leads State Senator Joni Ernst 42% to 39%. He also leads businessman Mark Jacobs 40% to 31%, and holds a 42% to 27% lead over radio talk show host Sam Clovis.

The Quinnipiac Poll says 46% percent of voters don't know enough about Congressman Braley to form an opinion on him. On the Republican side, 77% to 85% of voters don't know enough about any of the Republican candidates to form an opinion.

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