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Poll: Jeb Bush Overshadowed by Mitt Romney in 2016 Field

The former Florida governor's presidential prospects improve if Romney is removed from the mix, according to a national Quinnipiac survey.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bush was the opening speaker at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform conference.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bush was the opening speaker at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform conference.

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If it weren't for Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush might be looking pretty good—at least nationally—when it comes to the prospective 2016 Republican presidential field, a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday shows.

Bush, a former Florida governor, was the second-most-popular pick at 11 percent among Republican voters, while Romney, who has said he's not running, was in first with 19 percent support. When Romney is dropped from the mix, Bush leads with 14 percent, followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 11 percent, neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-activist Ben Carson at 9 percent and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8 percent.