The race for the face of the Republican Party is already on. As 2016 quickly approaches, Republican voters are divided between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has made a sharp turn to the right on social issues in recent weeks, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a more moderate Republican who possesses both the power and baggage of his family name.
A Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday revealed that 18 percent of Republicans or GOP-leaning voters preferred Walker while 16 percent preferred Bush. But more than 50 percent of voters said they still did not have enough information about Walker, compared with just over 20 percent who said that of Bush. After that, voters were divided among a slew of alternatives, with New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee each earning 8 percent of the vote, Dr. Ben Carson getting 7 percent, and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky (6 percent), Ted Cruz of Texas (6 percent), and Marco Rubio of Florida (5 percent) dragging behind. Seventeen percent of voters were undecided.
The vast contrasts among candidates and appeal show that the GOP is still trying to decide whether to nominate a no-compromises conservative or a more moderate contender who can compete against potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.