Clinton maintains lead as Rubio emerges as a top 'future' challenger to Bush in poll

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CNN Poll Shows GOP Candidates In Close Rank

With candidates hopping into the race left and right, the latest polling on the 2016 presidential field finds former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintaining a sizable lead over fellow Democratic competitors.

The new CNN/ORC poll released Monday indicates that voters have still yet to coalesce around a Republican candidate the way Clinton is dominating, although former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads among top contenders.

Bush had the support of 17 percent of the self-identified Republicans polled. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker trailed him by five points with 12 percent naming him as their top pick, while newly-declared candidates Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul each came in with 11 percent.

Bush also leads the GOP pack on a series of other indicators, including who would be the strongest leader, who cares about "people like you" and who has the best chance to beat the Democratic nominee.

But at least one question might indicate the biggest potential threat to Bush. When asked which candidate "best represents the future of the Republican party," Bush tied with fellow Floridian Rubio, with 18 percent each.

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The first man to enter the race, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, trailed further behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with nine percent and 11 percent of the Republican voters' support respectively. A handful of Republicans came in with less than five percent support, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The Democratic race remains far less complicated, with Clinton holding her largest lead yet according to CNN, with 69 percent support. Vice President Joe Biden gets 11 percent, while fellow Democrats including former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley each come in with less than 5 percent.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared she's a candidate for 2016 in April, launching her second attempt to become the first female president of the United States. 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is technically an Independent, but the Vermonter caucuses with Democrats in the Senate. He has flirted with a 2016 run, but may be seen as too extreme for some, as he openly calls himself a socialist. He became the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee when the new GOP-controlled Congress began.

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Lincoln Chafee told CNN in April that he was running. His spokeswoman quickly countered he's not officially in the race, but noted that he has formed an exploratory committee. The former Rhode Island governor was a Republican before becoming an Independent and then a Democrat. 

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said he will announce whether or not he plans to run in Baltimore in late May. 

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Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has significant defense experience, and was the first Democrat to form an exploratory committee.

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