Quinnipiac University

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A new independent poll shows that, among Ohio voters, Hillary Clinton would easily defeat some of the best-known potential Republican presidential contenders – except for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The Quinnipiac University poll showed a virtual dead heat between the Democratic front-runner and Kasich among registered Ohio voters – 44 percent for Clinton and 43 percent for Kasich.

President Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by five percentage points in the critical swing state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday morning.