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Hillary Clinton leads Christie and other GOP hopefuls in Iowa

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Former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
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(USA TODAY) The presidential election is two years away,  but it looks like Iowa voters are shifting away from Chris Christie and moving to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton now leads Christie 48% to 35% among Iowa voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. The former secretary of State - who hasn't said whether she'll seek the Democratic presidential nomination - leads four Republicans in the survey by at least 10 percentage points: Christie, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

A Clinton vs. Paul matchup is the closest race, with Clinton outpacing the Kentucky senator, 49%-39%.

MORE: 50% in Iowa say Clinton should run for president
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The Clinton-Christie numbers are interesting because they present a reversal of fortunes for the New Jersey governor, who was leading Clinton by 5 points in a Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa taken in December. That's before a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge erupted in January and cast a shadow over Christie, whose numbers in several public opinion polls have plummeted.

Independent voters - who would play a key role in the 2016 presidential election in swing states such as Iowa - shifted their allegiance from Christie to Clinton, the Quinnipiac Poll shows. She now has double-digit leads among independent voters against Christie, Bush, Paul and Cruz.

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

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