Poll: Gov. Mike Huckabee Leader In GOP Field

Is Huckabee strong enough to beat Obama in 2012?

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is the clear frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a national poll of Republican voters released Friday.

The former Arkansas governor and Fox News host leads the pack with the support of 24 percent of those surveyed this month by Public Policy Polling.

He said Friday that he’s planning to wait until at least the summer before announcing whether he’ll run, to avoid becoming a “stale load of bread” to voters.

Trailing Huckabee are Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, who both won the backing of 14 percent of the primary voters surveyed. Further back were former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at 11 percent, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 8 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 7 percent.

Since November, Huckabee has gained ground in PPP’s national poll, while Palin has lost some. Then, he was at 16 percent and she was at 21 percent.

Huckabee has in large part benefited from improved levels of support from conservative Republicans. Among them, he’s moved from 14 percent in November to 25 percent in January.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Thursday also showed Huckabee leading Palin and Romney, though by smaller margins.

He said Friday that good poll numbers wouldn’t be the deciding factor in drawing him into the race.

“It’s always nice to be named in these kind of things, but polls are nothing more than a snapshot in time,” he said. “It does not necessarily equate into a mandate to run.”

Read more from Jennifer Epstein at Politico

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