Poll gives Rubio the edge in 2016 race for GOP nomination

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Public Policy Polling’s newest national poll finds U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida the early choice of Republicans for the 2016 presidential race.

Eighteen percent would like him to be the nominee.

Fourteen percent favor New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 12 percent are for Jeb Bush and another 12 percent for Paul Ryan, 11 percent for Mike Huckabee, 8 percent for Condoleezza Rice, 7 percent each for Sarah Palin and Rand Paul and 4 percent for Rick Santorum.

Rubio's ahead because of his strength with the most conservative wing of the party, according to PPP.

Among “very conservative” voters, he's at 23 percent, followed by Ryan and then Huckabee.

Christie has a big lead with moderates at 35 percent.