Mike Huckabee Breaks Open Big Lead in Louisiana Primary Race
- Mike Huckabee: 20
- Bobby Jindal: 13
- Rand Paul: 10
- Jeb Bush: 9
- Chris Christie: 8
- Paul Ryan: 8
- Marco Rubio: 7
- Scott Walker: 2
- Undecided: 12
In 2008, Mike Huckabee won a number of southern states before ultimately losing the nomination race to John McCain and the former Arkansas Governor appears poised to make a strong stand in Dixie once again.
A new PPP poll, conducted between February 6 and February 9, sampling 309 Republican primary voters, has found that Huckabee leads the Louisiana primary race with 20 percent of the vote. Huckabee wasn’t included in the last PPP Louisiana poll, conducted all the way back in August, but is clearly the frontrunner by a sizeable margin.
While candidates like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Paul Ryan have seen a strong homefield advantage in their respective states, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is seeing just a tiny homefield bump, receiving 13 percent of the vote. That’s good enough for second place, and an improvement from his 10 percent back in August, but the Bayou State guv doesn’t stand much of a chance in the nomination race if he can’t even win his own state’s primary.
Ted Cruz, the Senator from neighboring Texas, finished third in the poll, receiving 12 percent of the vote. That’s a strong jump from the 8 percent he saw last year and has allowed him to leapfrog the likes of Rand Paul and Jeb Bush.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul finished right behind Cruz with 10 percent of the vote, a significant decline from the 18 percent he saw last summer.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush also fell off significantly, receiving just 9 percent of the vote after polling at 17 percent in the August poll.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was never a big hit in the south, having received 10 percent in the last poll, and has now fallen off to 8 percent following his string of scandals.
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan also fell off slightly, receiving 8 percent of the vote after seeing 11 percent last year. Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished right behind him with 7 percent and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finished dead last with a mere 2 percent. Twelve percent of respondents said they remain undecided.
(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)