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Clinton has no Democratic competition, GOP has no 2016 frontrunner, in new CNN poll

In a CNN/ORC poll released Monday, Hillary Clinton is looking pretty tough to beat. The former secretary of state is the only Democrat to have officially thrown her hat in the ring, but she leads all other likely candidates by at least 50 percentage points — Vice President Joe Biden is closest, trailing Clinton 69 percent to 11 percent — and 83 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents list her as their first or second choice.

If the Democrats don't have much of a contest at this point, Republicans are gearing up for a dogfight. The leader in the CNN poll is former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), but not by much — he has the support of 17 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, versus 12 percent for Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), 11 percent each for Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rand Paul (Ky.), 9 percent for Mike Huckabee, and 7 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas). In a hypothetical matchup, all of them lose to Clinton, with Rubio coming closest, trailing 55 percent to 41 percent.