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Scott Walker Leads All GOP Challengers In New Iowa Poll

05/31/2015 11:40 am ET | Updated May 31, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads all of his potential Republican challengers in a new poll of Iowa primary voters, solidifying his claim as front-runner in the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Walker, who has not yet announced his campaign for president, is the first pick for 17 percent of likely GOP caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll.

The governor also boasts a positive image in the Hawkeye State, with two-thirds of likely caucusgoers viewing him favorably. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who have both declared their presidential candidacies, tied for second place with 10 percent each.

Walker said last week that he would announce his 2016 intentions in June after the Wisconsin budget is completed. The governor also suggested that he may sit out the Florida primary and let the Sunshine State's former Gov. Jeb Bush and its junior senator, Marco Rubio, duke it out in the expensive political market.

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