Kentucky Voters on Rand Paul Presidential Run: 'Meh'

One in three want him to run, half say he should sit out.

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If Kentuckians are root, root, rooting for the home team, it doesn't mean they'd blindly propel their home-state senator to the White House.

A new Public Policy Polling survey, released Friday, indicated that only one in three Kentucky voters thought Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., should run for president in 2016. Forty-nine percent of Kentucky voters would rather he sit out.

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However, in hypothetical matchups between several Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton, Paul performs the best. In a Paul-versus-Clinton showdown, 49 percent of Kentucky voters would support their home-state senator, while 43 percent would select Clinton. If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ran against Clinton, he'd receive 46 percent support today, as opposed to 42 percent for Clinton. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bests Clinton for Kentucky votes, too: 44 to 40 percent.

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul addresses the audience at the 50th annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville, Ky.
A Public Policy Polling survey found only one in three Kentucky voters would want Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in the 2016 presidential race.

But Clinton polls higher among Kentuckians than Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a hypothetical 2016 matchup. Clinton received 44 percent to Cruz's 41 percent, barely edging him out above the poll's margin of error, which was 2.5 percent.

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