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Christie Is California's Favorite Among Potential GOP Presidential Candidates

He has a 47 percent favorability rating among California voters.

California’s voters share New Jersey’s excitement over its tough-talking governor, at least when it comes to Republicans running for the highest office in the land.

California voters named Gov. Chris Christie as the front runner among likely Republican candidates in the 2016 Presidential Election, nj.com reports.

Forty-seven percent of that state’s voters polled by the Field Research Corporation view Christie favorably. He is the only one of the five Republicans voters generally viewed more favorably than unfavorably, according to the report.

The other four Republicans named in the poll were Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. All were viewed favorably by the Republican base in California, according to the report. Christie had a 59 percent favorability rating in his own party, followed by Bush with 51 percent.

The poll didn’t compare any candidates head-to-head in a general election scenario, according to the report. California lasted voted for a Republican in the general election in 1988, when George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis.

The poll comes a week after a CNN poll that showed Christie was the overall favorite among Republican candidates and just over a month after his resounding victory in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election.


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