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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laughs before delivering remarks on American leadership at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Terrified of 2016, Republicans have been hysterically flinging accusations at Hillary Clinton in recent weeks, from Benghazi to Boko Haram. You have to wonder what they're going to come up with next, because this news is not going to make them less afraid: A new Quinnipiac poll finds Clinton beating every potential Republican candidate in the crucial state of Ohio.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich comes closest of all the names tested, trailing by just 42 percent to 47 percent. But Kasich is unlikely to have much support outside of Ohio, and a five-point deficit as your party's best outcome is not really something to brag about anyway. Beyond Kasich, Clinton leads by:

48 - 39 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush;
47 - 40 percent over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida;
49 - 41 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
46 - 38 percent over N.J. Gov. Christopher Christie;
48 - 41 percent over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin;
51 - 37 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
49 - 41 percent over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Gee, do you think this sort of polling might be why Republicans are branching out, not just speeding up the Benghazi chant but trying to link Clinton to the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, lying about how long she was in the hospital with a blood clot after a December 2012 fall, and suggesting she might be responsible for Monica Lewinsky telling her story to Vanity Fair? What could be next? Honestly, I'm not sure I have the imagination to guess. Hell, I'm not sure Joss Whedon has that much imagination.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM PDT.

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