By David Madden

HAMDEN, Conn. (CBS) — A new national poll shows a real horserace in the run for the 2016 presidency between the current two favorites, should they decide to make the run.

Yeah, I know: no one has officially declared his or her candidacy yet.  But that doesn’t stop pollsters, like those at Quinnipiac University, from posing the question.

Quinnipiac assistant polling director Tim Malloy pitted two of the  frontrunners head to head.

“We’re showing a statistical dead heat right now between Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical run for the White House,” Malloy tells KYW Newsradio.  “It’s the best showing for Christie against the former secretary of state yet.”
The actual numbers are 43 percent in favor of Christie, 42 percent in favor of Clinton.

It should be noted that the poll was taken just after Christie’s landslide re-election as New Jersey governor, which garnered a lot of national attention.

The survey shows Mrs. Clinton ahead with women, blacks, and Hispanics.  Christie is ahead with men, whites, and independents.

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