Poll: Christie holds slight lead over crowded GOP presidential field

A new CNN poll shows that Gov. Chris Christie holds a slight lead over several Republican hopefuls for the 2016 presidential nomination, however the top candidates fall within the poll’s margin of error, giving the GOP no clear frontrunner.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds an overhwelming lead over Vice President Joe Biden.

Christie receives 17 percent of the vote to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s 16 percent. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is third at 13 percent with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent.  Florida U.S. Rep. Marco Rubio trails at 9 percent followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 7 percent  and former Sen. Rick Santorum at 5 percent.

But despite Christie’s lead, the poll shows he may have problems among party conservatives. Just 8 percent of Republicans who identify themselves as conservatives back the New Jersey governor, whie 28 percent of “moderate” Republicans back the governor.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

Poll:  Christie holds slight lead over crowded GOP presidential field