Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not faring well in Ohio against Republican candidates, according to a Feb. 24 Quinnipiac University poll.
When matched against all of the potential GOP nominees for president, Clinton did not come out ahead. She trailed the number one Republican candidate in the state, Gov. of Ohio John Kasich, by 17 percentage points, Donald Trump by 2 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas by 3 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida by 5 percent.
Clinton’s opponent for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, had a slightly better outcome.
Kasich bested Sanders 54 - 35 percent. Against Trump, there was a tie with each candidate receiving 44 percent of support. When pitted against Rubio, Sanders lost by 2 percentage points.
Unlike Clinton, Sanders was victorious against one Republican candidate: Cruz, by 2 percentage points.
The margin of error for the poll was +/- 2.5 percentage points.
“The four leading Republican candidates either tie or lead former Secretary Clinton in Ohio, considered the best microcosm of the national electorate and a must-win for the GOP. Republicans have never won the White House without carrying Ohio,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, fares only slightly better against the Republicans,” Brown added.
According to data compiled from 270ToWin, no candidate has won the presidency without Ohio’s electoral votes since Democrat John F. Kennedy did in 1960.
As for favorability in Ohio, nationwide front runners Trump and Clinton are hurting, the Quinnipiac poll found.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents do not view Clinton favorably. Trump had the highest unfavorable rating of all candidates with 59 percent, while Cruz received 46 percent, and Rubio 34 percent.
Kasich and Sanders fared better, with 28 percent and 41 percent, respectively.
The Ohio primary will be held on March 15, 2016.