Chris Christie Trailing Behind, But Still Has Shot At 2016 GOP Nomination

While U.S. State of New Jersey' s Governor Chris Christie is behind in the polls, he still has a shot at clinching the Republican Party's nomination to face the Democratic candidate in the 2016 race for the White House.

Known for his bombastic and in-your-face style, the governor is now five spots behind former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, toward whom many donors are flocking. While recent weeks have not been good to Christie, he has not yet been counted out in this early stage in the election season.

"Recent campaign stumbles plus Jeb's early fundraising prowess have really squeezed Christie. That said, Christie's retail campaign skills and raw ambition in addition to Jeb being untested on the campaign trail mean Christie is still alive," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

"Christie always has a shot and here's why: he's the best retail politician of the group. When he's on the stump, he's just flat out better than the rest of the group," O'Connell said.

"And something else Christie has going for him while Jeb is out building a billion dollar balloon, what people don't realize is that Jeb is untested on the campaign trail," he added.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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