Huck Emerges From The Muck

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With all of the uncertainty surrounding who will emerge out of the jumbled GOP huddle of potential contenders and make a serious run for the White House in 2012 a new CNN national poll shows that former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has the support of two thirds of those polled as their GOP nominee for President in 2012.

Former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin garnered 49% of the support which is an 18% drop in support from the same poll in 2008. Former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney came in with 59% support followed by 54% for Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

What is startling about this poll is the drop in support for Palin and the rise in support for Huckabee when neither candidate has officially announced a Presidential run in 2012. Both are familiar names to the GOP establishment and are highly active in the media, making almost daily appearances on the cable news circuit as well as having their own television shows. Both have a great deal of media exposure yet the poll shows they are traveling in opposite directions in regards to support from the likely voters in their own party. The poll now shows Palin substantially behind Huckabee and Romney and trailing Gingrich by 5 points.

What this poll also shows is that name recognition still reigns supreme in the minds of likely Republican voters. The top 4 potential candidates are all highly recognizable national politico’s who have held the media spotlight for some time. Although it is early, the polling shows that the lesser known candidates still have some work to do in getting their names out on the national stage before considering their options for a 2012 run. Although a few candidates have national experience such as Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint the likely Republican voters do not yet view them as potential candidates.

As the field of potential 2012 GOP candidates begins to take shape in the near future there is plenty of time for the polls to change as well as for the lesser known candidates to bring their message to the voters. As for the messages that are already front and center – It does seem to be boding well for Mike Huckabee and not so well for Sarah Palin. Time will tell who will emerge as the front runner in the Republican party but if this poll is an early indication, the opinions on the nationally recognized candidates is taking shape.

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