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Poll: Clinton-Sanders Ticket Top Choice Among Democrats

| by Ray Brown
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonSen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are still battling for delegates in the Democratic primary, but a new poll indicates voters would like to see the pair run together in the general election.

If Clinton were to win the nomination, a recently-released Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 36 percent of likely Democratic voters would like to see Sanders be her running mate. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the second choice, with 19 percent favoring her. And 10 percent preferred Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

Other choices included Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who received 8 percent support, and former Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, who received just 2 percent. But 12 percent of likely Democratic voters preferred an unlisted candidate and 13 percent were undecided.

On the Republican side, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the early favorite, with 20 percent of likely Republican voters picking him. And right behind him is former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson with 19 percent. Both men ran in Republican primaries – Gingrich in 2012 and Carson in 2016 – and gained a solid base of GOP voters.

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Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin earned 12 percent of support while Republican Govs. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico received 9 percent and 7 percent GOP voters, respectively.

But the largest group of Republican voters – 25 percent – chose another candidate and 8 percent were undecided.

There have also been rumors that Trump might tap former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, a conservative Democrat, for his VP slot, according to Political Insider.

Webb, a naval veteran, briefly ran in the Democratic primary for president. But soon after dropping out of the race, he adamantly said he would not vote for Clinton and was considering voting for Trump.

Webb earned Trump's praises, as well.

“He’d be a lot better as an independent than he would as a Democrat, because I watched [the first Democratic presidential debate] the other night and he was not registering as a Democrat,” Trump said in 2015, according to The Hill.

Whoever Trump picks could have a big impact on how he does among Republican voters. According to the Rasmussen poll, 78 percent of all likely voters said the vice presidential nominee will be important to how they vote in the upcoming presidential election, and that includes only 33 percent who said it is “very important.”

Sources: Rasmussen Reports (2), Political Insider, The Hill / Photo Credit: Disney/ABC/Flickr

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