According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would lose a general election contest against Marco Rubio and Ben Carson, but would defeat Republican frontrunner Donald Trump:
Clinton would beat Trump by 10 points, 50-40 percent, thanks in part to independent and Hispanic voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The former secretary of State would also beat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 48-45, though that victory would be within the poll’s margin of error of 3.4 percent.
Up against Rubio or Carson, however, and Clinton struggles. She would lose to Rubio by 3 percent and barely loses to Carson by 1 percent in those hypothetical head-to-head general election match-ups.
Also in the poll, Rubio wins the independent voters vote over Clinton by 7 points, but then loses the Hispanic vote to her by 24 points. Furthermore, despite having the highest percentage of backing by female voters among GOP candidates, Clinton bests him in that demographic by 7 points (51 percent to 44 percent).
There’s still a ways to go until the Republican National Convention, but GOP officials would do well to carefully consider the best strategy to win back the White House — and it might mean not selecting Trump as their nominee.