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New Poll: Republican Primary Race All Tied Up

WPA Research, 3/18-3/20

  • Huckabee: 13
  • Paul: 13
  • Bush: 11
  • Christie: 9
  • Cruz: 9
  • Ryan: 6
  • Rubio: 6
  • Walker: 5
  • Jindal: 3
  • Santorum: 3
  • Perry: 1

According to a new WPA Research poll, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul are in a tie for first place among national Republican voters.

According to the poll, conducted between March 18 and March 20, sampling 801 adults, both Fox News host Mike Huckabee and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul are atop the national race with 13 percent of the vote apiece. Huckabee had led in every poll that he has been included in this year but the last two polls we have seen have now shown Paul getting a strong post-CPAC bump.

Coming in a close second place is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent of the vote. Since January, Bush has finished somewhere between the frontrunners and the rest of the pack.

No other candidate registered in the double-digits. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie finished in a third-place tie with Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 9 percent apiece. Christie had been polling at 12-14 percent since the Bridgegate fiasco but appears to be fading somewhat as he has kept a lower profile. Cruz, meanwhile, has finished with about 8-11 percent in every poll we’ve seen since January.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Florida Senator Marco Rubio both received 6 percent apiece. Ryan’s numbers have fluctuated greatly depending on which candidates are included in the poll but he has seen single-digits in five of the last six national polls we’ve seen. Meanwhile, Rubio has finished with 5-6 percent in three straight polls.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker received 5 percent of the vote and has now seen 4-7 percent in every poll since last summer.

Coming in at the bottom were Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum with 3 percent apiece and Texas Governor Rick Perry with just 1 percent. That’s close to where all three have been and not one of them is expected to make much of a push in the primaries.

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  • Chaz22

    Who would want that Huckabee for president ? I guess I know already : those who still think he’s the dear old good-natured , kind-hearted uncle; an American patriot type who loves American tradition,kids, family , and a benevolent atmosphere, that’s who
    Well, don’t be fooled. He is not what he tries to pretend he is. He’s a guy with a mean streak running through him like a skunk’s white stripe. If we ever had him for president, we would be sick to death of his religiousness. He, like Santorum, are all up tight about abortion all the time–as if it’s the main subject in life. Spare us, please .

    • david bowie

      idiots who think jesus christ is going to jump out of of the sky.