Scott Walker Has Early Lead in Iowa Poll as Jeb Bush Faces Challenges

by John McCormick | Bloomberg  |  published on May 31, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has expanded his early lead in Iowa, while former Florida Governor Jeb Bush continues to face headwinds and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida shows upside potential in the state that hosts the first 2016 presidential nomination balloting.

A new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows more than a third of likely Republican caucus participants say they would never vote for Bush—one factor in a new index to assess candidate strength in such a crowded field. Forty-three percent view him favorably, compared to 45 percent who view him unfavorably.

Walker is backed by 17 percent as the state enters a busy summer of candidate visits, a planned straw poll, and campaigning at the Iowa State Fair. Tied for second are Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 10 percent, with Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee next at 9 percent each.

  • Am impressed with Carly; her forthrightness is so refreshing!!

  • fred

    I like Paul, and Walker, I hope those two emerge as the leaders….we need new blood and i like what both have done to try to make us a little more free…

  • KDC

    Jeb Bush’s biggest challenge is himself. He’s a RINO!

  • reagangs

    I’m not ready for another Bush just yet …… maybe George P. sometime in the distant future. There are so many to choose from. My picks will be for those with a conservative, small government and bureaucratic ideals. Maybe another Tea Party Patriotic person. Much better than a RINO type. Since the fed or any other type of organization is like a business, an ex governor or an ex CEO, like Carly, would be better for America. No more DC belt way types. No more demowits.

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