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Clinton Tops 2016 Presidential Candidates: Poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a performance where she was honored at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Children's Defense Fund at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sep. 30, 2013 in Washington.
Hillary Clinton is Americans' top pick of the 2016 presidential election's potential candidates.

A new Quinnipiac University national poll finds the former secretary of state has the support of 61 percent of Democrats, compared to only 11 percent for Vice President Joe Biden and 7 percent for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

The poll also shows Clinton holding double-digit leads over leading Republican contenders.

Among those Republican challengers, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky carried 17 percent of the Republicans polled, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took 13 percent, and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida won the support of 12 percent of Republicans.

The Quinnipiac polling institute's assistant director Peter Brown says Clinton "remains above the fray" of the current political battling in Washington, calling her "the queen of the 2016 mountain."

Clinton has remained at the top of the pack for months, though earlier polls put her in a virtual tie with Governor Christie.