Poll: Six Republican candidates would beat Hillary in head-to-head general election match-up

Do you smell that?  I love the smell of panic in the morning – especially from Democrats.

Perhaps not panic.  But the results of this latest Fox poll should elicit some hand-wringing, wailing, and gnashing of teeth from Democrats.

Six Republican candidates – several who are barely registering in GOP polls – would beat Hillary Clinton in the general election, according to the poll.

The Hill:

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) would do best against Clinton, 50 to 42 percent, pollsters found.

Billionaire Donald Trump, retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would also win hypothetical elections, according to the new poll, taken after more than 100 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in a wave of terrorist attacks in Paris.

Clinton and former businesswoman Carly Fiorina would tie with 42 percent each.

Trump remains the GOP front-runner with 28 percent support from likely Republican primary voters in the new poll.

Carson has 18 percent while Cruz and Rubio are tied at 14 percent apiece. No other GOP candidate had more than 3 percent support.

The poll, conducted Nov. 16-19, has a 3 percent margin of error for all registered voters and a 4.5 percent margin of error for Republican primary voters.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, all but given up for dead last month by most of the media, has surged 13 points in the last month to pull within 26 points of Clinton nationally.  From a press release by the Sanders campaign:

“He’s gained significantly among registered Democrats and Democrat leaners under age 50, runs closely with Clinton among liberals and has closed the margin, to some extent, among nonwhites and women – results that may give Clinton pause, if not palpitations,” according to a news release by ABC and the Post.

Obama is the millstone tied around Hillary's neck, and his refugee and ISIS policies are causing her to sink.  Now is the time for GOP candidates to go for the jugular and irreparably tie Clinton to Obama.  "Terrorism" as an issue has taken center stage, but it is the president's specific policy failure with ISIS and his tone-deaf response to concerns over Syrian refugees – policies Clinton supported – that will permanently scar the Clinton campaign and give Republicans a boost going into primary season.

Sanders still isn't viable.  But the closer he gets, the longer Clinton will be forced to spend precious resources to defend against him.  Money that may have been saved for the general election will, by necessity, be spent on Democratic primaries.  Where Clinton may have thought she would have the campaign wrapped up in late March, a Sanders challenge that would take the campaign into May would be a godsend for Republicans.

All in all, things are looking up – which is why this Salon headline is so telling: "The GOP-ISIS nightmare coalition: Islamic extremists and the anti-immigrant right have the same goal – the death of democracy."

Yes, I love the smell of panic in the morning.

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