Huckabee leads other potential candidates in early Iowa poll

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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Approximately a year before the Iowa caucuses occur, Mike Huckabee appears strongly positioned to carry the state again.

A poll released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling indicates that Huckabee leads other potential Republican candidates. The poll shows 30 percent support for Huckabee, with 18 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, 15 percent for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 13 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and 6 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, South Dakota Senator John Thune, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels were also included in the poll, but none received more than 4 percent support.

An interpretation of the results by Public Policy Polling cites cause for concern for Palin, should she decide to run. A post on the organization’s blog cites her ubiquitous name recognition and hypothesizes that “her key to success in Iowa may be for Huckabee not to run.”

In the 2008 Iowa caucuses Huckabee won with 34 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney came in second with 25 percent.