Christie, Clinton Basically Deadlocked: Poll

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    It could be a dead heat, according to a new poll.

    The latest poll looking at presumptive candidates for president has the race deadlocked between two northeast political stars.

    A CNN/ORC International non-partisan poll released Thursday pits Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    The poll finds that in the hypothetical general election matchup that Christie holds his own with Clinton pulling in 46 percent of registered voters to Clinton’s 48 percent. The 2-percentage point difference is within the survey’s sampling error.

    The New Jersey Governor who is about to start his second term matches better than other GOP hopefuls with suburbanites, according to pollsters.

    "He performs particularly well among independents, winning nearly six in 10 in that key group," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "He also wins a majority of suburbanites and older voters, something that no other GOP hopeful [that was] tested was able to do against Clinton."

    The poll of 950 registered voters found that Christie easily outperforms other GOP hopefuls like former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum who trails Clinton by 19 points, former Vice Presidential candidate U.s. Rep. Paul Ryan (trails by eight points), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (trails by 21 points) and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (trails by 19 points).

    "Christie doesn't win in the Northeast, although he does hold Clinton to a bare majority there, but he has a solid edge in the Midwest while playing Clinton to a draw in the South and West," Holland said.