Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a small lead among Virginia GOP voters in the crowded field of Republican Party presidential contenders.
This from a new poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling, which has Bush at 18 percent in Virginia, ahead of billionaire Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are tied for second in the Old Dominion at 14 percent each.
Only one other candidate is in double digits, Ben Carson, at 10 percent.
Rounding out the top 10 are Mike Huckabee at 8 percent, Marco Rubio at 7 percent, and Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul at 5 percent.
The lead for Bush is based largely on his strength with moderate GOP voters, where Bush gets 30 percent of the vote, to 12 percent for Trump and 9 percent for Walker.
Trump and Walker are more popular with self-identified “very conservative” voters, but not by much – Trump and Walker getting 15 percent of that vote, to 12 percent for Bush.