Mike Huckabee Leads GOP Pack in Second Straight Poll
CNN/Opinion Research, 1/31-2/2
- Huckabee: 14
- Paul: 13
- Bush: 10
- Christie: 10
- Ryan: 9
- Rubio: 9
- Cruz: 8
Yesterday, we looked at how the inclusion of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in the polls completely changed the GOP primary landscape with the Fox News host leading every other potential Republican candidate. Now, a CNN poll has confirmed that Huckabee has a slight lead on the rest of the Republican pack while Chris Christie has fallen off in a big way.
The poll, conducted between January 31 and February 2, sampling 428 people, found that the 2008 presidential candidate leads the national Republican race with 14 percent of the vote. In the PPP poll we saw yesterday, Huckabee had 16 percent so we’re starting to get a good idea of where the former governor stands.
Coming in a very close second was Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who garnered 13 percent of the vote. Paul has received 11-13 percent of the vote in four straight polls this month so we have a good idea of where he stands as well.
Meanwhile, Chris Christie continued to slide as more allegations surface about his involvement in what has simply become known as Bridgegate. After seeing 20+ percent of the vote as recently as November, Christie received just 10 percent in this latest poll, the lowest support he has seen in any survey since polling began all the way back in 2012.
Tied with Christie was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush who received 10 percent. In the PPP poll, Bush received 14 percent and, in an ABC News/Washington Post poll that didn’t include Huckabee, he received 18 percent. For the most part, though, Bush has been steadily polling at 10-11 percent.
Finishing behind him was Paul Ryan with 9 percent. Ryan is the most interesting name in the poll because he saw 20 percent of the vote in the ABC/WashPo poll without Huckabee but has not been able to get above 10 percent in any poll that’s included Huckabee. Ryan tied Florida Senator Marco Rubio who has been inching back into the fold after starting the polling season as the early frontrunner early in 2013.
Coming up the rear was Texas Senator Ted Cruz who was gaining some support late last year but has seen just single-digit support in four of five polls released in 2014.
(Image courtesy of Marc Nozell)