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Mike Huckabee Leads Republican Pack in Iowa Caucus Race

PPP, 2/20-2/23

  • Huckabee: 17
  • Paul: 14
  • Bush: 13
  • Cruz: 10
  • Christie: 10
  • Ryan: 9
  • Walker: 7
  • Jindal: 7

Mike Huckabee has emerged as a frontrunner in numerous Republican primary and caucus races since the beginning of the year and a new PPP poll has found that the former Arkansas Governor leads the Republican pack in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus race.

According to the poll, conducted between February 20 and February 23, Huckabee leads the rest of the potential GOP candidates with 17 percent of the vote. Huckabee has now received 16-17 percent of the vote in every single poll in which he’s been included and has led the Iowa race in each of one of those.

Coming in a close second is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 14 percent of the vote. The last Iowa poll, conducted in November by Harper Polling, also found Paul with 13 percent of the vote although that was when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was at the height of his popularity. Christie has since fallen off due to a number of allegations and finished fourth in this poll with just 10 percent of the vote.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush finished right on Paul’s heels with 13 percent of the vote. In 2013, Bush was consistently polling at 14 percent so we have a fairly good idea where the top three stand.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who received some good news in November as he finished second with 16 percent in the Harper poll, fell back to earth and tied Christie with 10 percent of the vote.

The rest of the candidates failed to garner double-digits. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan received 9 percent while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finished with 7 percent. Both also saw 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the November poll.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal got a bit of a bump, however, jumping from 2-3 percent to 7 percent in this latest poll.

Overall, Huckabee has seen a consistent 16-17 percent and has led in every poll he has been included in. Huckabee’s popularity in Iowa is hardly a surprise as he handedly won the caucus in 2008, defeating the likes of Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, John McCain, and Ron Paul. Paul’s son Rand certainly has a chance to leapfrog the Fox News host, however, as does Rick Santorum, who wasn’t included in this poll but has consistently polled in double-digits in Iowa.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)