The snowballing scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state is starting to seriously hamstring her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 according to an August 23-24 Rasmussen Reports nationwide telephone poll of 1000 likely American voters.

The poll asked, “Should Hillary Clinton suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination until all of the legal questions about her use of a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of State are resolved?

46 percent of those polled said that Clinton should suspend her campaign, 44 percent said that she should not, and 9 percent listed themselves as unsure.

Even one-in-four Democrats (24%) agree that the front-runner for their party’s nomination should suspend her campaign for the time being. But that compares to 73% of Republicans and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major party,” read the poll’s summary.

[REPORT: Report: Dozens Of Hillary Clinton Emails Were Classified From The Beginning]

Another Monmouth University poll conducted between July 21 and August 2 asked, “Do you think Hillary Clinton’s emails should be subject to a criminal investigation for potential release of classified material, or not?” 

52 percent of registered voters in that poll said that Clinton’s email scandal deserves a criminal investigation.

Another Rasmussen Reports poll of 1000 likely voters, taken August 13-15, found that 45 percent of participants believe that Hillary’s use of private email to conduct business as secretary of state is a “serious scandal.

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Growing national security questions about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of State are drowning out much of her message as a presidential candidate and causing many of her fellow Democrats to worry about the future of her campaign,” concluded the summary of the Rasmussen Reports’ poll asking whether Clinton should suspend her campaign.

Meanwhile, in light of Clinton’s stumbles, Vice President Joe Biden appears to be considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016.

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