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Majority Of North Carolina Republicans Believe Hillary Clinton Should Be Impeached First Day In Office

Hillary Clinton in Hampton, NH

Most North Carolina Republicans believe that Hillary Clinton should face impeachment on her first day in office if she wins the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll.

While 61 percent of North Carolina Democrats surveyed said that they would vote for Clinton in the upcoming 2016 presidential election, 66 percent of GOP voters support impeaching her immediately, the Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey found.

The poll did not ask Republicans why they believe Clinton should be impeached, although many people, such as Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama attributed it to her using a private email server during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State.

"She will be a unique president if she is elected by the public next November, because the day she's sworn in is the day that she's subject to impeachment because she has committed high crimes and misdemeanors," Brooks told radio host Matt Murphy, according to the Washington Post.

Clinton has not yet been charged with any such crime that could result in an impeachment.

While the Constitution does grant the power to impeach, the House has said previously that a person cannot be impeached for any actions committed prior to holding office, and they have always ruled this way, making a "pre-impeachment" highly unlikely.

Conservatives may not favor Clinton, but her popularity continues to rise with liberals. The North Carolina PPP poll found that support for Clinton in the state has surged by 10 percent since September, giving her the largest lead since May.

Clinton's lead is fairly consistent with most demographics: she has 74 percent support from African Americans, 66 percent from seniors, 65 percent from liberals, 62 percent from women, 60 percent from men, 58 percent from moderates and 57 percent with whites.  

The Democratic front runner's main rival on the other end of the spectrum is still Donald Trump. While his numbers have slipped in some areas, Trump remains a strong favorite in North Carolina with 31 percent of the vote, compared to runner up Ben Carson, who received 23 percent support.

Sources: Public Policy Polling, Washington Post
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