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In Top Swing States, It's Rand Paul Vs. Hillary Clinton

In Virginia and Colorado, Clinton is in a statistical tie with Paul, according to a new poll.
Image: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Discusses Obama's State Of The Union Speech
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at a Ripon Society breakfast on Capitol Hill, January 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul discussed President Barack Obamas State of the Union address and the Senate agenda for the coming year. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Backers of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are making the case that he’s the best candidate to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, but he’s got competition in some key swing states from a very different kind of Republican candidate.

In new polls from Quinnipiac University, it’s Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul who is in a virtual tie with Clinton in both the important swing states of Colorado and Virginia.

In a head to head matchup, Clinton snags a narrow lead among voters in Colorado (43 percent) and Virginia (44 percent). But Paul’s numbers remain within the margin of error at 41 and 42 percent, respectively. In Iowa, Clinton garners 45 percent support compared to Paul’s 37 percent.

Bush, on the other hand, trails Clinton in both Iowa and Colorado, but he ties Clinton in a head to head matchup in purple state Virginia at 42 percent apiece.

Another much-discussed Republican candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, comes close to Clinton in Colorado (getting 40 percent to her 42 percent) and Virginia (40 percent to her 45 percent.)

The poll had scant good news for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who fared poorly against Clinton in Colorado -- getting just 34 percent to her 43 percent support – and Iowa, where he trails the former secretary of state by double digits. In Virginia, Clinton won support from 44 percent of voters, while 39 percent backed Christie.

The poll of voters in each state was conducted February 5 – 15 and has a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.

- Carrie Dann