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Clinton, Christie close in Pa.

Published by James O'Toole on .

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, recently re-elected in a landslide, has crept up on Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 face-off for Pennsylvania's electoral votes.

In a new Quinnipiac University survey, the former secretary of state led Mr. Christie 44 percent to 43 percent among Pennsylvania voters, a virtual tie.  In another Q poll last March, Mrs. Clinton had a clear, though narrow lead over the Garden State governor - 47 percent to 42 percent.

Mrs. Clinton had substantial leads over every other prospective GOP candidate tested in the survey, besting Sen. Rand Paul, 52-40; Sen. Ted Cruz, 54-36; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 52-36; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 51-38.

Mrs. Clinton was the only Democrat tested against the GOP figures.  Majorites of those surveyed said they thought that both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Christie would make good presidents.  Most of them didn't think that of any of the other Republicans.  Vice President Joe Biden used to style himself as Pennsylvania's third senator, but the neighboring state voters wern't returning the love.  Sixty-one percent said that they thought the Scranton native would be a bad president with only 29 percent approving of the prospect of a Biden administration.

Pluralities of the respondents approved of the job performances of their senators, and by similar margins.  The approve/disapprove numbers for Mr. Casey were 46-35; for Sen. Pat Toomey, 45-34.

President Obama, on the other hand, scored the lowest job approval numbers ever in the university's Pennsylvania surveys.  Fifty-seven percent said they disapproved of his job performance compared to just 39 percnet who approved.  That compared to his high point; 66 approve, 29 percent disapprove, in May, 2009.  Last June, the last time Quinnipiac tested Mr. Obama's job approval, the responses were tied at 48-48. 

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