Ryan, Clinton early favorites in Iowa

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanClinton targets Trump on race Clinton to receive first classified briefing Saturday Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley MORE (R-Wis.) and former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton on pay-for-play accusations: a lot of smoke and no fire Trump ties campaign to Brexit: Time to 'redeclare' US independence Clinton: Trump 'peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia' MORE (D) are the early favorites of Iowa voters among possible 2016 presidential candidates, according to a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.

Seventy-three percent of Republican Iowa adults viewed the Ryan very or mostly favorably, while 10 percent viewed the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee very or mostly unfavorably.

Ryan last week reached a budget agreement with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that, despite conservative criticism, passed the House in a 332-94 vote.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) placed second among possible Republican candidates in the Iowa Poll.

The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses is conducting polling and gauging support for a possible 2016 presidential bid.

“I’m keeping the door open,” he told The New York Times last week. “I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I’m mindful of the fact that there’s a real opportunity for me.”

Huckabee is followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulClinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley Lawmakers amplify criticism of US support for Saudi bombing campaign MORE (Ky.), Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioPoll: Trump holds narrow lead over Clinton in Florida Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley The Trail 2016: Trump works to widen his appeal MORE (Fla) and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: Control the Alt-Right Shift Trump: Rick Perry would 'do well' against Cruz Conway, Kelly clash over Trump’s use of personal insults MORE (Texas).

Among Iowa Democrats, an “eye-popping” 89 percent of Democrats rated Clinton as very or mostly favorable, compared with 7 percent who viewed her very or mostly unfavorably.

“Clinton’s score is eye-popping and shows she is viewed more favorably than any Democrat or Republican by a big margin,” said Jeff Link, an Iowa Democratic operative, told the Register.

Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden seeks to reassure Turkey over alleged coup plotter US, Turkey launch offensive in northern Syria against ISIS The ties that bind MORE placed second in the Iowa Poll, followed by and Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.) and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (Mont.).

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