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Hillary Clinton would rout Elizabeth Warren — in Massachusetts

In the latest sign that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) probably won't run for president in 2016, a Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll finds her trailing Hillary Clinton by a mammoth margin in a hypothetical Massachusetts Democratic primary.

In the survey of Massachusetts Democrats, Clinton routs the field of prospective candidates with 55 percent, followed by Warren at a comparatively meager 17 percent. That, despite the fact that respondents have a slightly more favorable opinion of Warren (81 percent) than Clinton (77 percent.)

All the standard caveats about the mutability of election polls this far from the actual contests apply. Still, the findings underscore the serious challenge Warren would face were she to take on Clinton. And again, Warren has repeatedly said she has no intention of running, most recently disavowing a campaign attempting to draft her into the race.