The latest on the presidential horse race.

Coup: Tea Party Favorite Rand Paul Leads Second Straight National Republican Primary Poll

CNN, 5/29-6/1

  • Paul: 14
  • Bush: 12
  • Huckabee: 11
  • Ryan: 10
  • Cruz: 9
  • Christie: 8
  • Rubio: 8
  • Perry: 6
  • Walker: 5
  • Santorum: 4

We have seen candidates like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Mike Huckabee lead the national Republican nomination polls, but it’s Tea Party favorite Rand Paul who leads a new CNN poll, the second straight poll in which the Kentucky Senator has found himself in first.

According to the poll, conducted between May 29 and June 1, sampling 452 adults, Paul leads the rest of the Republican pack with 14 percent of the vote. That’s around the same as his 15 percent in a Washington Post poll released in April and 14 percent in a Fox News poll before that.

Right on his heels is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 12 percent. Bush has now seen 12-14 percent in five straight polls after polling mostly in single digits to start the year.

Right behind Bush is another former governor, Fox News host Mike Huckabee. Huckabee received 11 percent in this poll after leading most polls to start the year.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was the only other candidate to finish in double-digits, claiming 10 percent of the vote. That’s a slight dip from the 12 percent he had seen in four of the last five polls.

Paul’s Tea Party ally, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, finished with 9 percent of the vote. Cruz had seen 4-7 percent in the last five polls so this is actually welcome news for the Canadian-born lawmaker.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida Senator Marco Rubio tied with 8 percent apiece. Christie has seen 8-9 percent in three straight polls while Rubio has now seen 6-8 percent in seven straight.

Texas Governor Rick Perry finished with 6 percent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker received 5 percent, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum garnered 4 percent.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)