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June 17, 2015

Clinton's lead slips to Republican challengers in Pennsylvania

Trails some, tight lead over other in latest Quinnipiac poll

Hillary Clinton's lead in Pennsylvania over several potential Republican challengers in the 2016 presidential race has taken a slight dip, falling behind one GOP contender. 

In the latest Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, Clinton holds only a four-point lead (45-41) percent over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and a slim five-point lead (46-41) over likely candidate and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Those numbers show a small drop in Clinton's lead over Bush and Walker from a Quinnipiac poll in April when she held an extra point over both. 

She continues to trail Kentucky Senator Rand Paul by a point. Even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose numbers within his own state and nationally have suffered in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, has gained ground on Clinton -- going from four points down in April to just two. 

The most significant change is against Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who trailed Clinton by four points in April but now leads her by a point. 

Rubio is one of the early contenders in the Republican field. A recent national poll from Public Policy Polling shows him in third place among GOP voters, behind Walker and Bush, respectively. That same poll found Clinton still held a large lead among other Democratic candidates, staying far ahead of her closest challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. 

Pennsylvania voters' biggest issue with Clinton seemingly revolves around her perceived honesty. That quality was deemed the most important among the state's voters. Of those polled, 54 percent said she was not honest or trustworthy while 40 percent said she was. 

Clinton's potential Republican challengers have questioned her trustworthiness after it was discovered she used a personal email address while serving as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. 

The poll was conducted by polling 970 self-identifying registered state voters, with a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points. For more on the poll's methodology, click here