Mike Huckabee A Republican Front-Runner In Race To White House, But Unlikely To Stay There

Although former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is an early Republican front-runner for the 2016 presidential elections, he is unlikely to remain there, experts said.

A recent CNN poll has Huckabee, the darling of social conservatives, in the lead over nearly a dozen other candidates, while the Real Clear Politics average of all polls shows him trailing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush by just an inch.

"Huckabee is a long shot," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

There are essentially four types of Republican voters -- social conservatives, Tea Party supporters, libertarians and establishment Republicans, with the last group being the largest. While popular among social conservatives, Huckabee is not the choice of establishment voters.

"So if you are not the establishment choice, that means you have to win the Tea Party and the social conservatives, and the likelihood of that happening is not very good for Huckabee," O'Connell said.

Still, other Republicans can learn much from Huckabee, who appeals to blue-collar voters, a group needed to clinch the White House, he said.

"Some of the things he's hitting on, like wage stagnation, are things that a lot of the other candidates should pick up on, but he's still a long shot," he added.

"You've got to get all the blue-collar voters in the tent. If you get them in the tent, it's pretty hard to lose," O'Connell said.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at GlobalPost.com

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