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No one leads crowded GOP field, poll finds

The race for the GOP nomination for president lacks a front runner with the crowded field divvied up into two categories: the top five and the single-digit candidates, according to a new national poll from Quinnipiac University.

At this point is uncertain whether Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is expected to get into the race in late June or early July, can crack into the top 10 and qualify for the first GOP primary debate in Cleveland on Aug. 6. Kasich and former business executive Carly Fiorina are currently tied for the tenth spot, with each garnering 2 percent of the Republican voter support, the poll found.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, surgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the top 5 at this point with 10 percent each, pollsters found.

Rounding out the top 10: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 7 percent; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, 6 percent; Donald Trump, 5 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 4 percent; Kasich, 2 percent; Fiorina, 2 percent, the poll said.

But 21 percent of voters say no way would they vote for Trump, 17 percent say they wouldn't vote for Bush and 15 percent refuse to support Christie.

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Meanwhile, Democrat Hillary Clinton holds 57 percent of the support from Democrats, down from 60 percent in April, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has 15 percent and Vice President Joe Biden garners 9 percent of the Democratic vote, the poll found. Nine percent of Democratic voters say they would not support Clinton or Biden.

In a general election match up, Clinton leads against each of the top Republicans. A Clinton-Paul or Clinton-Rubio match up would be the closest contests, the poll found.

The poll was conducted May 19 to May 26 on landlines and cell phones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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