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New polling shows Republicans with an uphill climb as the 2016 presidential race revs up.

FOX News Radio's Gurnal Scott reports:

From America's Election Headquarters.

A new FOX Poll reveals what for many is no surprise. Hillary Clinton is the choice of Democrats for President, while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the early leader for the GOP.

But, FOX News polling director Dana Blanton says that doesn't mean Walker has the best chance against Clinton.

(Blanton) "In this new poll for the first time Jeb Bush ties Hillary Clinton at 45% each, Clinton has a small advantage over the other Republicans that we tested."

Even with that, there is good news for the GOP.

(Blanton) "What's interesting is that Independents prefer the Republican candidate over Clinton in each of these hypothetical matchups."

Only five percentage points separate the top five Republicans. The only announced candidate in that group, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, is at the bottom of that top tier.

The GOP's best chance comes if any Democrat, other than Hillary Clinton, gets that party's nod for President.

Gurnal Scott, FOX News Radio.

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