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Hillary leads 2016 US presidential race, Jindal way behind: Poll

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Washington: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton continues to lead all 2016 presidential candidates including those in the crowded Republican field where Indian-American Bobby Jindal languishes at the 13th place, according to a new poll.

While the former first lady now holds a slightly slimmer lead among Democrats, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and real estate mogul Donald Trump are the only two Republican candidates holding double-digit support among Republicans, a new CNN/ORC national poll finds.

Louisiana’s Indian-American governor, Jindal, figures 13th in a field of 14 declared and two undeclared Republican candidates with just 2 percent support, though his backing has gone up from one percent last month.

Bush stands at 19 percent, up from 13 percent in May — and his best showing in CNN/ORC polling since December. Trump follows at 12 percent, up from 3 percent before his announcement.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (8 percent), neurosurgeon Ben Carson (7 percent) and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (7 percent) round out the top five.

Nationally, Clinton leads all other Democratic candidates by more than 40 points, with 57 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents behind her and 16 percent backing Vice President Joe Biden and 14 percent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The poll holds better news for Biden than it does for Sanders, who has made gains against Clinton in recent polling in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states which kick off presidential campaigns of both parties with the first caucuses and first primaries respectively.

But Biden, who has not jumped into the race as yet, actually tops the list as national Democrats’ second-choice candidate, 35 percent say he’s their second pick, compared with 14 percent who say Sanders is, the poll found.

Looking ahead to the general election, Clinton continues to hold significant leads over Bush (54 percent to 41 percent) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (56 percent to 37 percent).

Clinton’s clearest advantage, however, is over Donald Trump, with 59 percent saying they would vote for Clinton if the 2016 match-up were between her and Trump, and 34 percent saying they would back Trump, the poll found.

(IANS)

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FBI Director Warns Russia Still Continuing to Meddle in 2020 US Elections

“We are very much viewing 2018 as just kind of a dress rehearsal for the big show in 2020,” Wray said

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FBI Director Christopher Wray (file photo). RFERL

FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned that Russia is continuing its attempts to meddle in U.S. elections, saying it is a “malign foreign influence” that poses a “significant counterintelligence threat” to the United States.

In an April 26 speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Wray warned that Russian operations under the direction of President Vladimir Putin are likely to intensify during the 2020 presidential campaign.

“We recognize that our adversaries are going to keep adapting and upping their game,” Wray said. “I do think that Russia poses a very significant counterintelligence threat, certainly in the cyber arena, certainly what we call the malign foreign influence territory, certainly in their presence of intelligence officers in this country.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin are seen during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina Nov. 30, 2018. VOA

Wray described how the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. intelligence agencies created task forces to coordinate their efforts to confront interference in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections — a move that followed Russia’s attempts to manipulate U.S. public opinion during the 2016 presidential race. “We are very much viewing 2018 as just kind of a dress rehearsal for the big show in 2020,” Wray said.

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Wray also said that countries like China, Iran, and North Korea have attempted “foreign influence” in the United States.

He said those countries have been “watching and taking note of what the Russians attempted to do in 2016 and since.” “I think we expect that this is going to become a phenomenon we’re going to have to contend with, with a lot more than just Russia,” he said. (RFERL)