Nick Gass-- Politico
The Republican field for 2016 remains wide open in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to a new set of NBC News/Marist polls, with Hillary Clinton still the overwhelming favorite among Democrats.
In the general election, Clinton leads hypothetical matchups against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Iowa and New Hampshire, but trails Bush 48 percent to 45 percent and ties Walker at 46 percent in South Carolina.
Among potential GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads with 17 percent, closely followed by Bush at 16 percent, Walker at 15 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 9 percent, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 7 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tied with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 6 percent.
In New Hampshire, Bush leads the pack with Walker, Paul and Christie all following behind with double-digit numbers. In South Carolina, Sen. Lindsey Graham grabbed 17 percent in his home state, closely followed by Bush with 15 percent and Walker with 12 percent. Huckabee and Carson are tied at 10 percent.