Four GOP Candidates Come Out Ahead Of Hillary In Head-To-Head Match-Ups, Poll Says

| by Meg O'Connor
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According to a new poll, four Republican presidential candidates lead democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton nationally in head-to-head match-ups.

The survey, released by Fox News on Oct. 12, shows that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson beat the former Secretary of State by the most out of all of the head-to-head match-ups. Carson took 50 percent of the vote in the poll, a double digit lead over Clinton, who received 39 percent.

Of the other candidates, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump took a 5 percent lead over Clinton (Trump received 45 percent to Clinton's 40 percent); former Florida governor Jeb Bush led Clinton 44 percent to 40 percent; and businesswoman Carly Fiorina beat Clinton 42 percent to 39 percent, according to the poll.

Although it is unwise too read too much into any poll this early in the presidential race, the Fox News survey serves to give ammunition to those who argue that Vice President Joe Biden would be a more successful Democratic presidential candidate than Clinton.

That's because in head-to-head match-ups, Biden bested all of those aforementioned Republican candidates. Biden came out ahead of Trump by 50 percent to 37 percent; beat Bush 46 percent to 41 percent; led both Carson and Fiorina 46 percent to 42 percent; and just barely defeated Florida Sen. Marco Rubio 44 percent to 43 percent.

In previous polls, Clinton held a lead ahead of all of the aforementioned candidates, except for Bush.

The latest Fox News survey suggests that Carson may become more of a contender. 

Carson has raised $20 million in the second quarter - which may be the largest amount raised by any of the GOP candidates, according to The Hill.

Carson has consistently attracted large crowds of supporters along his campaign trail and seems to have cemented a second place lead in the polls behind Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

According to the poll, Clinton is still maintaining a sizable lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination with a solid 45 percent of support. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders takes second with 25 percent, while Biden, who still isn't technically running,  received 19 percent.

The Fox News poll was conducted between Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 among 1,004 registered voters via telephone. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Sources: The Hill, Fox News

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