Republicans want a candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton. A new Fox News poll finds Marco Rubio performs best against the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Rubio has an eight-point edge: 50 percent to Clinton’s 42 percent.
Then again, Clinton — who commands 55 percent support among Democratic primary voters, easily outpacing Bernie Sanders (32 percent) and Martin O’Malley (3 percent) — trails all top-tier Republicans in hypothetical 2016 face-offs.
Jeb Bush is ahead of Clinton by six points (45-39 percent). She trails both Ben Carson (47-42 percent) and Donald Trump (46-41 percent) by five. Ted Cruz bests her by four (45-41 percent), while Chris Christie has a three-point edge (46-43 percent).
Carly Fiorina fares the worst against Clinton: they tie at 42 percent. Women go for Clinton over Fiorina by four points, while men back Fiorina by six points.
Trump also tops Sanders by five points (46-41 percent).
Rubio not only commands the widest margin against Clinton, he’s the only one who hits the 50 percent mark. Rubio’s margin comes entirely from men, who go for him over Clinton by 17 points. The two are tied among women voters.
This is the first time Rubio has topped Clinton, although it’s always been close — she was up by just one point in June (45 Clinton vs. 44 Rubio).