A Conservative Intel poll in South Carolina, conducted by Harper Polling, has Chris Christie leading in a potential 2016 Republican presidential primary lineup, with 19 percent of South Carolina likely Republican voters saying they would support Christie.
Christie comes out narrowly ahead of Senator Ted Cruz, who is in second with 17 percent. Rand Paul came in third with 12 percent. Senator Marco Rubio, Representative Paul Ryan and Governor Bobby Jindal received 12, 12, and 6 percent support, respectively.
Twenty-one percent of respondents said that they were not sure who they would support in the 2016 primary.
Christie secured the lead with the help of self-described moderates, 45 percent of whom preferred him in the poll.
The same poll found that in South Carolina both Christie and Rubio lead Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general-election matchup, Rubio by seven and Christie by five points.
Chris Christie isn’t just doing well in the Palmetto State. The latest poll conducted in the New Jersey gubernatorial race shows Christie up by 33 points against his Democratic opponent Barbara Buono for the election on November 5.