Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is polling high in the 2016 Republican White House race, but Fox News continues to exclude him from their election coverage.
Quinnipiac University released a new poll yesterday that shows the top 10 Republican candidates for the White House in 2016. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, are in the top-five with each earning 10 percent of respondents votes for who they would choose in the Republican primary.
Paul received 6 percent of the votes, for a sixth place showing. In Fox News' broadcast of the poll results, however, Paul is clearly missing.
Here's the screenshot of the coverage, courtesy of Rare:
Included in the broadcast results are those who scored the same or lower percentages than Paul, such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 6 percent, Donald Trump at 5 percent, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie at 4 percent, and Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 2 percent each.
This is the second time Fox News has “forgotten” about Paul in their primary coverage. Two weeks ago, in an in-house poll that pitted possible 2016 Republican candidates against Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, the news agency left Paul out of the match-up completely.
Displayed below is Rare's screenshot of the Rand Paul blackout:
In the Quinnipiac poll, a Clinton vs. Paul match-up resulted in Clinton taking the lead at 46 percent but Paul was close with 42 percent of the votes.
Even as Fox News ignores Paul, he has still managed to poll high against Clinton in states such as New Hampshire, Colorado and Iowa.
One more Fox News and Paul conundrum occurred in May, when the news agency displayed results from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Paul had the highest percentage of four candidates in the poll, but Fox News listed his name last, Rare reports.
The recent Quinnipiac poll also looked at Democratic candidates, and Clinton remains in the lead with 57 percent of the votes. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont took second place with 15 percent, and Vice President Joe Biden third with 9 percent.
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