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Another poll shows the new GOP frontrunner is Ö Mike Huckabee
Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | AllahPundit

Posted on 02/03/2014 6:29:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind

One poll showing him ahead is a fluke. Two polls showing him ahead? We call that “momentum.”

I’m not in the habit of making pledges, but I promise you this: I will never, ever tire of trolling you guys with numbers showing Huck as some sort of contender for the nomination. Ever.

Fourteen percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they would likely support Huckabee for their party’s nomination if he runs.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is next at 13% followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Christie tied at 10%…

That’s a change from November, when Christie was 11 points ahead of the rest of the field. Huckabee was not tested in the November survey…

“Because Huckabee was not included in the November poll, any drop in Christie’s support among Republicans may be partly due to Huckabee as well as recent news stories. So it’s impossible to calculate exactly how much support Christie lost as a result of the bridge controversy. But it’s a pretty safe bet that the drop in Christie’s support against Clinton is due to the recent news stories about the bridge,” added Holland.

Huck siphoning support from Christie? Hmmm. In PPP’s poll last week, it was Ted Cruz whom he was stealing votes from. That made sense, since they’re both targeting social conservatives; in fact, it was among older voters, who trend more socially conservative, that Huckabee excelled in PPP’s data. CNN didn’t post the crosstabs for today’s survey but I think the pollster’s right that Christie’s dive has less to do with Huck than with Bridgegate exploding his advantage over the rest of the field. If you’re a Huck-hater and you’re looking for a silver lining in data like this possibly luring him into the field, here’s the best I can do: If he won Iowa and Rand Paul won New Hampshire, that’s as close as we’ll ever get to a pure libertarian-versus-social-conservatives battle of ideas in the primaries. I think Rand would win, mainly because he’s a lot more acceptable to Huckabee’s base than Huckabee is to his, but either way it sure would be fun to blog.

By the way, both of them get utterly crushed by Hillary in CNN’s hypothetical 2016 match-ups, 57-39 in Paul’s case and 56-39 in Huck’s. The big news from the poll, though, is that Christie’s now in the same boat. He trails 55-39 after having led her 48-46 as recently as December. In theory, that’s not a fatal wound; all he has to do is get past Bridgegate and start rebuilding his numbers to become Mr. Electable again. But how does he get past Bridgegate when Jersey Democrats are resolved to drag it out as long as possible to wound him? And how does he rebuild his numbers with independents and Democrats as we get closer to 2016 without another storm intervening? Lots of righties, me among them, have pointed out that second-term presidents rarely see their approval rating rebound once it’s nosedived like Obama’s has. I suspect the same is true of governors, especially ones who are tied down by scandal. Even if Christie comes back a little, how much would his numbers need to improve to convince center-righties that he’s worth gambling on for electability reasons more than center-right politicians whom they like better, like Scott Walker or Marco Rubio?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016gopprimary; 2016polls; gop; huckabee2016; mikehuckabee; potus
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I'm sure that someone at FR can always find fault with this candidate and that...
1 posted on 02/03/2014 6:29:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Huckster? The faults pile up like skyscrapers. NO FREAKIN’ WAY.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 6:33:17 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm sure that someone at FR can always find fault with this candidate and that...

Especially if that candidate is nothing but a Christian Socialist believing that "Big Government" can be used to solve almost every problem like Mike "The Huckster" Huckabee believes.
3 posted on 02/03/2014 6:33:30 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oy givalt!

CC


4 posted on 02/03/2014 6:33:46 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seriously? Polls 2 yrs out are almost solely based on name ID.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 6:33:48 PM PST by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a loser...NO Huckabee!


6 posted on 02/03/2014 6:34:41 PM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Huckabee's girth is closing in on Christie's rotund diameter.

Huckabee. The Huckster. Snake Oil Salesman.

7 posted on 02/03/2014 6:34:59 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Polled front runners won’t matter until the dust settles on the 2014 mid-terms, and we see how the “new Senate” deals with Obama.

Until we have that frame of reference, there is no mechanism to project the attitude of the voters, and the personalities that best meet that demand.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 6:36:45 PM PST by G Larry
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To: SeekAndFind

Now that Christie’s screwed up, it’s time to revert to this loon? The GOP-e is insane.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 6:36:47 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crused it. -M. Twain)
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To: SeekAndFind

I suppose this polling is the reason for the media’s group effort of editing Huck’s words to appear to mean the opposite of what he actually said about women.

Seems to me the MSM by law should have to declare all their reporting as partisan campaign donations to the rat party in general and now Hillary in particular.


10 posted on 02/03/2014 6:36:54 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Like libs, he loves to commute the sentences of violent criminals.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/01/AR2009120102601.html


11 posted on 02/03/2014 6:36:55 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When he was governor he set up an account so that taxpayers who wanted to voluntarily pay more in taxes could send the money in and stop crying about raising everybody’s taxes.

Everything since that has been downhill.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 6:37:49 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: SeekAndFind

Good, just what we need another idiot.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 6:38:18 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can find no fault with Palin or Cruz. Huckaphony is a road kill diner.


14 posted on 02/03/2014 6:39:26 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a trap, promise


15 posted on 02/03/2014 6:43:04 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: SeekAndFind

Click on the poll. It says NOTHING about Gomer Huckleberry, Hillary or anything like that, it’s an Obama poll. Something is rotten in Denmark.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2014/images/02/03/rel3b.pdf


16 posted on 02/03/2014 6:43:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nope.


17 posted on 02/03/2014 6:45:06 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind

Charlatanism is never the answer.


18 posted on 02/03/2014 6:47:11 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Viennacon
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

vaudine

19 posted on 02/03/2014 7:01:04 PM PST by vaudine
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To: SeekAndFind

Are we in that bad a shape that this is even conceivable?


20 posted on 02/03/2014 7:02:08 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: WellyP

The Huckster has no chance to win BUT will split the conservative vote
allowing a RINO to win again.


21 posted on 02/03/2014 7:04:49 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is a bump from the Uncle Sugar comments. Also some people would be voting Huckabee against the RNC trying to silence the issue. When Reince distanced himself it helped Huckabee. Huckabee was on Fox promoting his speech as well. Some Jeb/Christie voters may have switched.

Boehner and congress may have got a bump from the issue as well.


22 posted on 02/03/2014 7:06:47 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: SeekAndFind

No way!


23 posted on 02/03/2014 7:10:15 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
It is a bump from the Uncle Sugar comments. Also some people would be voting Huckabee against the RNC trying to silence the issue.

I agree with you, Huckabee was trying to put forward a counter narrative to the "war on women". This should be encouraged, even if I have my doubts about his choice of a counter narrative, and think he is unsuitable to become president.

24 posted on 02/03/2014 7:16:49 PM PST by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He sure isn’t my front runner..

I’ll stand strong by TED CRUZ..

anyone know if that teen black girl that was on life support and declared brain dead, if she has died? and has she been removed? just wondering...huckabee was all over that case..


25 posted on 02/03/2014 7:21:03 PM PST by haircutter
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To: SeekAndFind

what has the Huckster done to deserve this rise in polling???

Last time I saw him he was preaching on a Christian tv channel but other than that haven’t heard him be politically active.


26 posted on 02/03/2014 7:21:45 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Politicalkiddo

Jeb must be so annoyed. He was supposed to be Krispy’s successor!


27 posted on 02/03/2014 7:22:44 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind
Circular firing squad has begun.

Mark my words, we are going to end up with Mitt Romney again as GOP nominee for 2016, after a splash of Palin tease.

28 posted on 02/03/2014 7:23:59 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: RginTN

Huck has a Sunday Show on Fox News.

Having said that, I’ll agree with NOOOOOO!


29 posted on 02/03/2014 7:33:51 PM PST by stilloftyhenight (Unite in the primary to unseat RINOs...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You don’t have to pick at nits to despise the overly sincere, Statist, sweaty, big gubment Huckleberry that is the Huckster. The man is shallow. Shallow like a Haitian grave. The man is boring. Boring, like a drilling rig.

An “evangelical” whatever that means, who wants to harness other peoples money at the point of a bayonet to do good on this earth. Puke. Wants to utilize the full power and force of the Federal Gubment to work God’s good on this earth. Puke. A Conservative not afraid to tax and spend. Puke. We did that already. His name was Bush. Three times.

Had quite enough of large soft spoken shallow idiots who have only one driving philosophy behind governing. Get elected! Do what it takes. Do anything to get elected so that once elected you can harness the full power of gubment to work your will on the world. Puke.

How about a candidate who wants to slash the balls out of Washington and leave it a small quivering heap of what it once was? How about a candidate who will gut the Federal budget until it hurts the people who get fat off it. Let’s elect that guy. Oh yeah. We don’t have that guy.


30 posted on 02/03/2014 7:36:57 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whoop de doo...14% This RINO fraudster will never get above that from true conservatives


31 posted on 02/03/2014 7:48:46 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Moose Burger

32 posted on 02/03/2014 7:48:50 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: stilloftyhenight

Didn’t know Huckster had a Sunday program. Still I haven’t heard much from him. Guess his show is a snoozefest.


33 posted on 02/03/2014 7:56:05 PM PST by RginTN
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To: SamAdams76
Circular firing squad has begun.

Mark my words, we are going to end up with Mitt Romney again as GOP nominee for 2016, after a splash of Palin tease.


False narrative.

That might be true if we were truly talking about a conservative, but Huckabee is only partially a conservative.

There ain't a small or limited government bone in his body.

If Ted Cruz, or Mike Lee, or Sarah Palin is in the race, FreeRepublic will rally like you haven't seen, and any malcontents or detractors would probably be shown the door by Jim.
34 posted on 02/03/2014 8:13:51 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind

OH, FREAKING BITE ME.

No way no way no way no way.

The Huckster would looooooove the attention as much as Obama. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

Who are these idiots who just want slightly tougher liberals?


35 posted on 02/03/2014 8:14:56 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

“I’m sure that someone at FR can always find fault with this candidate and that...”

I am not a Mike Huckabee fan per se, but I think he would make a fine POTUS and is better than 90% of the persons put forward to head the GOP list by the many factions here on FR. I grow sick at all the reckless and moronic distortions/falsehoods spilled against Huckabee on this forum. I strongly suspect that it is just anti-conservative evangelical Christian bigotry (anti “real” Baptist in this case).

I sternly warn you Huckabee bashers here in FR that IF Huckabee runs and you keep this nonsense up....YOU will fracture the party. Because the conservative evangelical Christian base (like myself) will take this as a personal attack on MY values and beliefs. You will alienate us, and we won’t be there to back your pick. I am NOT saying you shouldn’t speak against Huckabee when you have differences, but be factual (and don’t spin/twist them) and rational and don’t resort to inflammatory rhetoric like “Huckster.” Ignore this at the country’s peril. Actually, this is true of any real social conservative. Ridiculous bashing will just cause us to stay home instead of backing a libertarian like Paul...which is the way things are headed.

That said, I have no problems with Cruz or Palin, and could happily vote for either....but don’t bash others to elevate them...it isn’t necessary.


36 posted on 02/03/2014 8:22:38 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: SeekAndFind

Huckabee is pro-amnesty but he has had Chris Crane and Steve King on his show.

He had Crane on to talk about Obama’s executive orders.

He had Steve King on the show to talk about the man he beat in 2002 and counter attacking Karl Rove.


37 posted on 02/03/2014 8:23:20 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released statements calling on 10 Republicans who received campaign contributions from Huck to return the money and condemn the comments, the Hill reported. Those Republicans include Reps. Scott Rigell of Virginia, Steve Southerland of Florida and Steve King of Iowa.

http://www.ibtimes.com/mike-huckabee-capitalizes-uncle-sugar-libido-controversy-would-be-2016-president-nabs-huck-pac

King’s opponent Vilsack in 2012 wouldn’t even say if she was against gender selective abortion.


38 posted on 02/03/2014 8:28:35 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: SeekAndFind

Does that RINO double speak. He’s less objectionable than Christie.


39 posted on 02/03/2014 8:29:07 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Huckleberry, Paul, Bush and Christie. Talk about a B team. Where are Walker and Cruz?


40 posted on 02/03/2014 8:32:40 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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Has nothing to do with Guv Huckabee pardoning a slime who came to Washington State and executed 4 local police? Nah, we just like to pick on innocent RINO’s, yeah that’s it!


41 posted on 02/03/2014 11:50:04 PM PST by bigfootbob
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Has nothing to do with Guv Huckabee pardoning a slime who came to Washington State and executed 4 local police? Nah, we just like to pick on innocent RINO’s, yeah that’s it!


42 posted on 02/03/2014 11:50:53 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Sola Veritas

I warn you. Huckelbee is a total disaster see post 41. Huckelbee owns that tragedy and because of so, he’ll never, ever become POTUS! He’s a big government loser.


43 posted on 02/03/2014 11:56:13 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Sola Veritas

I warn you. Huckelbee is a total disaster see post 41. Huckelbee owns that tragedy and because of so, he’ll never, ever become POTUS! He’s a big government loser.


44 posted on 02/03/2014 11:56:54 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: SeekAndFind

No damn way!


45 posted on 02/04/2014 12:02:46 AM PST by dalereed
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To: SeekAndFind

if they run this fool against the hildabeast I’ll just give up.


46 posted on 02/04/2014 4:44:02 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you liked Geo. Bush you’ll love Mike Huckabee!!!


47 posted on 02/04/2014 6:36:41 AM PST by ontap
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To: Viennacon

Yeh I just love it. Anybody but Ted Cruz or Rand Paul.


48 posted on 02/04/2014 7:27:47 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: bigfootbob

“I warn you. Huckelbee is a total disaster see post 41. Huckelbee owns that tragedy and because of so, he’ll never, ever become POTUS! He’s a big government loser.”

And I more severely warn you. STOP, STOP, STOP, using hyperbole & names (your “Huckelbee” above) in regards to Huckabee. You just drive conservative Christian evangelicals away. We are FULLY aware of his past. I have friends and relatives in Arkansas that like Huckabee - even with errors he made. YOU CANNOT WIN AN ELECTION WITHOUT THE CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN BASE. Huckabee is one of those that appeals to that base. Tick us off with hyperbole and negative attacks...and you lose us. And don’t be so foolish to put forward persons with extreme libertarian views like Rand Paul.

Ronald Reagan made plenty of mistakes, but we all still love him. STOP looking for perfection because it doesn’t exist. Recognize that IF you want to win an election with a Republican....you need one that will energize the Christian conservative base.


49 posted on 02/04/2014 7:56:48 AM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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50 posted on 02/04/2014 7:58:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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