Jeb Bush is the "clear Republican presidential frontrunner," CNN reported in regard to a new CNN/ORC poll that shows the former Florida governor well ahead of other potential GOP candidates since his announcement that he's "actively exploring" a run at the White House in 2016.
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He takes nearly one-quarter — 23% — of Republicans surveyed in the new nationwide poll, putting him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tallied 13%.
Physician Ben Carson comes in third, with 7% support, and Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are both tied for fourth with 6%.
That marks a drop in support for all but Christie and Bush from the last CNN/ORC survey of the field, conducted in November. That poll showed Bush in the lead, but only taking 14% of the vote, while Carson came in second with 11% and Christie tied Rep. Paul Ryan for fourth with 9% support.
Bush's 10-point lead is the first time any prospective GOP candidate has shown an advantage that eclipses a poll's margin of error in the past two years, CNN added.