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Clinton tops Christie, Ryan, Paul in N.Y., N.J., Virginia polls

Clinton tops Christie, Ryan, Paul in N.Y., N.J., Virginia polls
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after being presented the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize, on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 6, 2013. The Lantos Human Rights Prize is awarded annually to raise awareness about human rights. UPI/Molly Riley | License Photo

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., March 4 (UPI) -- A majority of people in New Jersey, New York and Virginia view former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton favorably, polls released Tuesday indicate.

A majority of voters in New York state, 64 percent; New Jersey, 59 percent; and Virginia, 56 percent, name Clinton most often as the one eligible person they would most like to see as the next president.

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She leads the foremost Republicans, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, by wide margins in those states as well.

In New York, Clinton leads the three Republicans by 35 percentage points. She leads Christie by eight and Paul by 14 percentage points in Virginia and leads Christie by 10, Ryan by 25 and Paul by 29 percentage points in New Jersey.

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"It's very, very early (in the 2016 presidential race), but in these three states, with 56 of 270 electoral votes needed to win, Hillary Clinton is well-like," commented Don Levy, Siena College Research Institute director.

The poll was conducted for the Institute of Policy and Public Opinion by Roanoke College in Virginia, the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the Siena College Research Institute in New York between Feb. 22 and Feb. 28.

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The poll of 821 Virginia residents interviewed has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. The poll of 842 New Jersey residents interviewed has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. The poll of 814 New York residents interviewed has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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