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Clinton has big edge for '16 over most Republicans, but not Christie

Ohio has long been a crucial state in presidential elections, and at the moment, Hillary Clinton looks like a big winner over most Republicans if she seeks the White House in 2016, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

But then there's Chris Christie.

The survey released Wednesday found Clinton easily topping the more conservative potential Republican rivals. She beats Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., by 10, tops Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., by nine, and has advantages of 8 over 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and 15 over Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

But Clinton and Christie are in a virtual tie; the former Secretary of State has a 42-41 percent edge over the New Jersey governor.

"Voters are split 44 - 45 percent on whether Washington experience or experience outside the Beltway would help someone be a good president. Democrats, women and black voters say Washington experience is better, while Republicans, independents, men and white voters see it the other way," said Peter Brown, the poll's assistant director.

54 percent thought Clinton would make a good president, while 44 percent felt that way about Christie.

The poll surveyed 1,361 registered Ohio voters from Nov. 19-24. Margin of error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.