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Mike Huckabee Pulls Away From GOP Pack in New North Carolina Poll

From state to national polls, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appears to be the Republican frontrunner in the GOP nomination race following Chris Christie’s post-Bridgegate and a new PPP poll shows the Fox News host leading the Republican primary race in North Carolina.

According to the poll, conducted between March 6 and March 9, sampling 392 Republican primary voters, Huckabee leads the Tar Heel State GOP primary race with 19 percent of the vote. Among poll respondents, 37 percent said they were very conservative, 35 percent said they were somewhat conservative, and 20 percent said they were moderate. Twenty-seven percent of very conservative voters say they heart Huckabee.

Coming in second is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been showing some re-found life in the polls over the last couple of weeks, receiving 15 percent of the vote. Just 6 percent of very conservative voters said they prefer Christie, a primary problem he has experienced in just about every poll.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz finished third in the poll, receiving 14 percent of the vote. Unlike Christie, 16 percent of very conservative voters opted for the Tea Party favorite, along with 13 percent of somewhat conservative voters.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush finished in a fourth-place tie, receiving 12 percent apiece. Interestingly, moderates prefer the oft polarizing Paul by a 16-10 margin compared to Bush, who is considered a more moderate mainstream Republican.

No other candidate received double-digit support. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finished a distant fifth place with just 6 percent of the vote. Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished with 5 percent of the vote, largely helped by the few left-leaning primary voters that participated in the poll. Wisconsin Congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan finished with 4 percent. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal finished dead last with a mere 1 percent of the vote. Twelve percent of respondents said they remain undecided or prefer someone else.

Barring a big Chris Christie turnaround, Mike Huckabee appears poised to capture numerous state primaries, starting with Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Republican caucus.

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