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Everything is about Hillary Clinton this weekend, but there are other things going on.

A new poll was released on Friday that shows the union-bashing governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, leading all GOP challengers in New Hampshire.

The NH1 poll released Friday shows Walker, the Wisconsin governor, leading Bush, 23 percent to 17 percent – outside the margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Paul, the first-term Kentucky senator, is at 15 percent.

The three leaders are the only candidates to register in double figures. The next tier is led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (9 percent), who entered the race last month, and businessman Donald Trump (8 percent), who is toying with a potential candidacy for the second consecutive election cycle.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is expected to join the race next month, is next with 7 percent, following by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 6 percent. Rounding out the field are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (6 percent), businesswoman Carly Fiorina (2 percent) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2 percent).

We all know that if Jeb falters, Walker could be the guy to take advantage. He may be acceptable to establishment Republicans and remain attractive to hard-core conservatives, thus squaring the circle.

The problem is that we simply have not seen enough of Walker to know how he will perform. And the more he opens his mouth, the more core constituencies will have an opportunity to judge him.

As an idea, the man has legs. As a real flesh-and-blood candidate, we don’t know yet.

Richard Barry is associate editor of the blog The Reaction. This article is reprinted from that website.

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  • JSpencer

    “The Idea of Scott Walker”

    The operative word would be “sad”.

    • Rambie

      The idea makes me throw up a little in my mouth…

  • The_Ohioan

    He has two things going for him.
    1. His last name isn’t Bush.
    2. He’s not as radical (crazy) as all the other candidates except Bush and Christie.
    As far as I can see, that’s all he’s got.

    • Rambie

      I think 2 is that it’s not “seemingly” as crazy. We haven’t seen enough to judge his sanity.

      • The_Ohioan

        I guess I haven’t heard anything crazy yet and he’s been around since 1990, won the governorship twice and defeated a recall. You’d think something would have shown up by now – especially since his dad was a Baptist minister.

        If you hear anything, let me know. 😉

        • Rambie

          Local elections are different than national. We’ll see how he stands up to the big spotlight.

  • Slamfu

    The Koch Bros can’t fool the whole country like they fool the voters of WI. Walker’s track record will never make it in the general election, if he even wins the Primary.

    • tidbits

      Being the union busting, taxpayer-money-saving tough guy…against those darn greedy public employees…has proven to have political traction. I think that’s a quote from Ronald Reagan. If not a quote, it’s at least a lesson of his presidency. I agree that Walker is hard right – further than the American people – but he wins in a purple/blue state. Don’t “misunderestimate” him.

      • Rambie

        It’s at least proof that 24/7 carpet bombing campaign ads can buy a election.

  • shannonlee

    This just proves how little NH knows about some of these candidates. I know polling is interesting, but the numbers will mean more after the first debates and townhall meetings. and of course the money… wait until the campaign money starts flowing into these states.

  • Rambie

    Everyone would be wise not to underestimate the money Scott will get to white-wash and moderate (AKA obfuscate) his views.

  • Slamfu

    The title of this piece is misleading. I thought for a brief moment that someone had proof that a Republican candidate had an idea. Imagine my surprise with it turned out to be something else.

  • Rambie

    LOL, thanks for the laugh. If you think I support Jeb Bush then you don’t know me very well.

    • tidbits

      I just had this image of you in a voting booth, sweat streaming from your brow, as you tried to bring yourself to vote for Jeb Bush. Brought a smile to my face. 😉

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