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Kansas: Mike Huckabee Has Another Big Lead in New Poll

PPP, 2/18-2/20
Kansas GOP

  • Huckabee: 20
  • Christie: 13
  • Bush: 13
  • Cruz: 12
  • Paul: 11
  • Ryan: 7
  • Rubio: 5
  • Walker: 4
  • Jindal: 2
  • Not Sure: 13

Mike Huckabee has opened 2014 by climbing to the top of national Republican primary polls and we’ve recently seen him lead by a significant margin in states like Louisiana. Now, a new PPP poll has also found that the former Arkansas Governor leads the GOP pack in the Kansas caucus race.

According to the poll, conducted between February 18 and 20, sampling 375 Kansas Republican caucus goers, Huckabee leads the state’s caucus race with 20 percent of the vote. The Kansas caucus awards 38 total delegates. Some of the delegates are distributed proportionally among the top vote getters while an additional 15 are awarded to the winner.

Coming in tied in second place were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Both potential candidates received 13 percent apiece.

Right on their heels is Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 12 percent of the vote, coming in in fourth place. Finishing in a virtual tie with Cruz is fellow Tea Party favorite and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 11 percent of the vote.

Every other candidate failed to garner double-digits as Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan came in behind the Tea Party express, garnering just 7 percent of the vote. Florida Senator Marco Rubio received 5 percent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker received 4 percent, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal finished dead last in yet another poll, receiving just 2 percent. Thirteen percent of Kansas Republicans caucus goers said they remain unsure or prefer someone else.

In the general election, it won’t much matter who the nominee is as every major potential Republican candidate has a strong lead on presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Kansas. Huckabee leads the former Secretary of State by a margin of 49-42. Bush leads the former First Lady by a margin of 50-41. Christie leads the former New York Senator by a margin of 46-39. Paul leads Hillary by a margin of 48-41.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)