Poll Watch: Sarah Palin Leads 2012 GOP Presidential Field – Mike Huckabee Second

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Sarah Palin Samaritan Purse

Governor Sarah Palin during her visit with the Samaritans Purse relief effort in rural Alaskan villages (Feb. 20, 2009).

The latest CNN poll is out and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is leading but within the margin of error with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

The Poll (The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted February 18-19, with 429 Republicans questioned by telephone, sampling error = 4.5%):

  • Sarah Palin – 29%
  • Mike Huckabee – 26%
  • Mitt Romney – 21%
  • Bobby Jindal – 9%
  • Someone Else – 10%

Among Republican women, however, Sarah Palin is the clear winner.

“Among GOP men, the same pattern emerges — no clear advantage for Palin, Huckabee or Romney. But among Republican women, it’s a different story. Palin has a 10-point edge among Republican women, winning 32 percent support among them to 22 percent for Huckabee and 20 percent for Romney,” adds Holland. “With the sampling error, that’s not enough to say for sure that Palin is in the lead, but it does indicate that if the primaries were held tomorrow, Palin would have a good chance of being the favorite among GOP women.”

With GOP Presidential primary schedule set to remain the same, Flap anticipates a battle royal in Iowa and South Carolina between Palin and Huckabee.

But, it is very early.


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Mike Huckabee Strikes Back at Sarah Palin Over Gibson and Couric Interviews

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Huckabee Palin and McCain
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain during the Presidential campaign of 2008

The Mike Huckabee FANGS are out for Sarah Palin since her re-emergence on the national stage.

There are a lot of X factors [about running in 2012]. Including his fellow evangelical Christian Sarah Palin. There’s a natural tension between the two, especially since Palin took the vice-presidential-nominee slot many predicted would go to him. Huckabee, diplomatic and biblical, says the Alaskan governor “energized” the party. I ask him if she was treated fairly by the media. “There were a lot of unfair things. Sexist things that would never have been asked of a male candidate.” He pauses. “Now I must say I did not think that either the Charlie Gibson interview or the Katie Couric interviews were unfair. In fact, if anything, Katie Couric was extraordinarily gentle, even helpful. [Palin] just…I don’t know what happened. I can’t explain it. It was not a good interview. I’m being charitable.”

He pauses. “I think it was overpreparation. She’d been hammered by McCain’s aides, ‘Say this, don’t say that.’”

Huckabee has met Palin a few times and talked to her backstage at the Republican National Convention.

“Did you give her any advice?”

“I didn’t figure that she was shopping for my advice.”

“But she sure was shopping.”

“Yeah,” chuckles Huckabee. Then stays quiet. I set him up for an easy spike, but he holds his tongue.

Exit question: Since this is NOT the first time Huck has taken swipes at Palin, is this a preview of Ames Iowa Straw Poll in 2011?


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CNN Poll: Huckabee and Palin Lead 2012 GOP Race

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Sarah Palin and John Huntsman

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman are seen during a news conference at the bipartisan meeting of the National Governor’s Association at Congress Hall, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008.

Barack Obama has not even been inaugurated and the first of 2012 GOP Presidential polls are up.

  • Mike Huckabee – 34%
  • Sarah Palin – 32%
  • Mitt Romney – 28%
  • New Gingrich – 27%
  • Rudy Giuliani – 23%
  • Bobby Jindahl – 19%
  • Charlie Crist – 7%

The survey size was 460 Republicans and the survey’s sampling error was 4.5%.

Some interesting notes:

“It might come as a surprise to some that Palin does better than Huckabee among GOP men but that Huckabee beats Palin among Republican women,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Palin’s strength is also concentrated among older Republicans, but Huckabee may have a slight edge among conservative Republicans.”

Among voters who consider themselves born again or evangelical, Huckabee draws more support than Palin, with a 9 point edge. Meanwhile, Palin holds a 7-point advantage among non-born again or evangelical voters.

It is way early but is there any reason why Mike Huckabee (with a smile) has been dumping on Palin lately?

Stay tuned…..


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Sarah Palin Vs. Mike Huckabee – Beyond the Hair and Stilettos

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http://www.OurCountryPAC.org presents this new television ad thanking Gov. Sarah Palin. The ad will run around the Thanksgiving holiday.

AllahPundit asks the question: What is the difference between Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin?

Exit ANSWER:

Followers, plus fundraising ability = Exposure, plus VOTES.


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Gallup Poll: Palin, Romney and Huckabee Favored for 2012

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Today’s Gallup poll:

GOP in 2012

And, no surprise here – Conservatives prefer Sarah Palin:

2012 ideology

Looks like Rudy and Newt can make other plans for 2012. With Hillary’s move to State looks lie Rudy Giuliani’s options are wide open in New York anyway.


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John McCain Watch: VP Sweepstakes – Crist, Jindal and Romney? Part Two – With VP Poll

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Mitt Romney, Charlie Crist and Bobby Jindal

Vice President contenders? Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

The “purely social”get together of Senator and presumptive GOP Presidential nominee John McCain at his Sedona, Arizona ranch Saturday with GOP leaders has “nothing whatsoever to do with the vice presidential selection process” according to Charlie Black, a key McCain campaign strategist.

Right.

But, what is interesting is the emphasis (leak) now on Fox News that “other” perspective Vice President candidates have either ALREADY visited with McCain at the Hidden Valley Ranch, like Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty OR were invited this weekend and had other committments, like Mike Huckabee. Looks like the campaign was caught flat-footed on this “purely social” event.

Others mentioned to attend the Memorial Day weekend BBQ include:

  • Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
  • Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas
  • Former e-Bay Chief Executive Meg Whitman
  • FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Frederick W. Smith

Ok, so maybe this is a “meet and greet’ and not a serious series of interviews. But, what better way to create some “BUZZ” over the Vice Presidential sweepstakes and at the same time begin the pundit vetting of potential candidates – all on the cheap of an Arizona BBQ grill.

So, Flap will go one step further and rip off this poll idea from Marc Ambinder except Flap will name names.

Vote for John McCain’s Vice President:

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