Poll: Paul, Huckabee lead 2016 GOP pack

by Justin Sink, The Hill
March 30, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lead the likely Republican field for the 2016 presidential nomination, according to a new poll released Saturday.

Huckabee and Paul each drew 13 percent of the poll’s respondents, published by WPA Opinion Research. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the only other Republican to garner double digit support, pulling in 11 percent.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) rounded out the top five, each pulling in 9 percent. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who was the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, was the choice of 6 percent of respondents, tying with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“The important thing at this point of the race is staying in the conversation, and the fact that Rand Paul, Huckabee, Bush, Christie and Cruz are all managing to do that bodes well for them long term,” said WPA Research CEO Chris Wilson in a statement.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), who spent Saturday appearing before a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas, was the choice of 5 percent of those surveyed. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum each earned 3 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry rounded out the field with just 1 percent. Of the Republican voters surveyed, nearly two in 10 said they did not have a preference on who would became the GOP’s 2016 pick.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • helen dancer says:

    Huckabee? Decent guy but not who America needs! We need a Ted Cruz
    or a Ben Carson –

  • geddaklew says:

    Huckabee = wishy-washy-middle-of-the-road-go-along-to-get-along-RINO.

    Honest Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Party, and Independents will NOT vote for him. Duh…..

  • Balto2 says:

    My concern is that the Democrats will have only one person to run as before and the Democrats will vote for the lesser of any one of the Republican candidates giving us another McCain or Romney which were not the choice of the Republicans but given to us by the opposing party. Enough of the Bush family and this last one, JEB is pro amnesty, common core and a lot of the UN Agenda 21 goals. Same can be said for Christie, he is a liberal and too close to Obama and has baggage of mis-appropriated funds if not by himself, by his state people and then there is the bridge blocking incident, whether true or not,it is still a question in a lot of our minds and he also is for amnesty.

  • defiant1 says:

    Who might I ask is interested in Huckabee. I am more interested in a Ted Cruz, Tea Party type, someone with strong conservative standards, ethics and a huge supporter of the Constitution. Not the least interested in another Bush or a Christie, RINOs to the max…….sorry, had quite enough of those phonies.

  • Solid_Facts says:

    This is just sad. The Dems can use their minions in the media to kill any chance that either of these two have. Don’t get me wrong. I like both of them. Huckabee is a strong FairTax supporter and Paul is very TEA Party.

    But both would be easily defeated in the general election. Huckabee will be painted as an anti-women, anti-gay Bible-thumper, with no compassion. Paul will stand even less chance, because the media will tie him to his father and label him “Kook” by association, saying that “the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.” As everyone knows, the undecided vote determines who wins and that argument would move more than a few of those people away from the GOP.

    I would really like to see Rand Paul run in a later presidential election, after he has solidly proven himself on his own merits and enough time has passed that his father can’t be made an issue. But if he runs in 2016, he will be savaged by the media and the Democrats (the same thing, actually), for being his father’s son, just as as they would savage Jeb Bush for similar reasons.

    Huckabee is certainly a knowledgeable person, a strong fiscal conservative and an avid supporter of the FairTax, which I think is critical. But the media will savage him on his religious positions, claiming falsely, that he hates women and gays or that he is just intolerant.

    Both just have too much baggage. Rand Paul can shed most of his in another 4 or 8 years and be prepared to run. But Huckabee is permanently damaged goods. Sorry Huck. I like you. But you’ve painted yourself into a corner and will never win.

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