By Sheena Dooley│Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES — Iowans want to see a face-off between U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University.
Officials from the private college in Connecticut are in Iowa polling residents on who they want in the White House and U.S. Senate. Current Sen. Tom Harkin announced he will not seek re-election.
Among Democrats, Clinton edged out Vice President Joe Biden, mainly because she gained more support from independent voters, according to poll results.
Clinton also led Republican senators Marco Rubio, of Florida, and Paul. Biden, however, trailed Rand and tied Rubio in the Hawkeye State.
Half of Iowans polled disapprove of the job President Barack Obama and his administration are doing, while 45 percent approve.
The polls show a tight race between Rubio and Biden, with the two earning 40 percent and 39 percent of voters, respectively. Biden trails Rand by a six-point margin, according to pollsters.
Clinton and Paul are polling the closest, with Clinton holding a slight overall edge. Rand, however, has a strong hold on Iowa’s independent voters, which some attribute to the support base his father Ron Paul built in Iowa during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Rand Paul carries 44 percent of independent voters, while Clinton got only 38 percent.
As for the 2014 race for Harkin’s seat, which he has held for roughly three decades, many Iowans weren’t familiar with those running. A strong Republican candidate has yet to announce a bid, while U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat, will seek the position.
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