Poll: Hillary Clinton Still Leading Democratic Presidential Nomination

| by Edward Arnold
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Hillary Clinton is still in the lead for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, despite losing 8 points in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Clinton is backed by 61 percent of Democrats.

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, seems to have stolen the points from Clinton, as she is up 6 points to 13 percent. Vice President Joe Biden rests at 14 percent.

Other contenders included in the poll are Sen. Bernie Sanders, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.

A real clear politics average of six polls has Clinton at 61.5 percent, followed by Warren and Biden far behind. There is not much differentiation between the six polls.

It seems that the contenders are going to have to embark on a major campaign to dethrone Clinton, who has been in the lead since President Obama won re-election.

Among the first to consider the possibility was Jim Webb, who last month announced he would form an exploratory committee to explore the option to run for President. Mother Jones wrote that Webb could be the candidate that challenges Clinton on issues she would rather ignore.

Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont has been a long time self proclaimed socialist. Many have doubted his chance at claiming the democratic nomination because of his hard left policies, but a run could spark a progressive movement that Clinton would have to address, wrote the National Journal.

As for Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Washington Times reports that he faces a steep climb to challenge Clinton, but would support gay marriage, marijuana reform, and a higher minimum wage.

Vice President has made no indication he would run, despite his democratic success.

Elizabeth Warren has made a huge impact recently, calling out Congress for the Wall St. execptions in the spending bill. She has claimed multiple times she is not running for President, although that might change as the Democratic landscape pans out.

For the meantime, Hillary Clinton remains the front runner, not speaking out on current issues, allowing the time to pass to start her run for President.

Sources: ABC News, Real Clear Politics, Mother Jones, National Journal, Washington Times / Photo Credit: International Business TImes