Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is trouncing Hillary Clinton by 14 points in Iowa according to a new poll.
Fiorina beat Clinton 52 percent to 38 percent in Iowa, and she also led her by eight points in New Hampshire, 50 percent to 42 percent. Perhaps more striking was how much better socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) did in potential matchups with GOP rivals, NBC News reported:
Hillary Clinton has always been viewed as the Democrats’ best general-election candidate. But new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of Iowa and New Hampshire show that Bernie Sanders outperforms Clinton in those two general-election battleground states.
In Iowa, Republican Jeb Bush leads Clinton by 10 points in a hypothetical general-election match up among registered voters, 50 percent to 40 percent, and Donald Trump is ahead of her by seven points, 48 percent to 41 percent – essentially unchanged from the poll’s results a month ago.
The poll was a subject of conversation on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday morning.
“An eye-popping number,” host Joe Scarborough said, making note of the 14-point margin.
“She’s terrifying to Democrats,” co-host Mika Brzezinski added. “I don’t know if the Republicans get her yet. I don’t think men get her, honestly. She’s terrifying …in a good way.”
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt chimed in, saying that Fiorina is going “full Thatcher,” and Marco Rubio is going “full Reagan.” Hewitt argued that the numbers reflect that Hillary is a horrible candidate.
“I don’t care how many Saturday Night Live skits are going on,” he declared. “She’s a terrible candidate.”