Jeb Bush Jumps To The Front Of Republicans' 2016 Race

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is suddenly leading the pack of 2016 presidential hopefuls in the Republican Party.

A CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday found Bush with the support of 23 percent of Republicans, 10 percentage points higher than his nearest rival, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The poll provided further evidence of how Bush has shaken up the field since his announcement he's "actively exploring" a presidential bid, an aggressive early move that thrilled the donor class.

The field is in a state of flux, however, with rivals such as Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also raising their profiles and courting support.

Here’s how the candidates stack up as 2014 draws to a close. 

“Jeb might have had the best moment. He signaled to donors that he's serious about the race,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “He's in pole position. ... His declaration makes him an ever-so-slight front-runner.”

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