Poll: Huckabee Leading Wide GOP Field in Early Iowa Look at 2016

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Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 01:35 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tops a list of 11 potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates in Iowa, a new survey has found.

According to a poll by WPA Opinion Research conducted March 30 of 402 likely Republican primary voters in Iowa, 14 percent would choose Huckabee if the caucuses were held today. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul would come in second with 10 percent support, The Des Moines Register reported.

"What's interesting here is that for Gov. Huckabee, the majority of his support is being driven by voters 55 years or older," WPA Research CEO Chris Wilson said in a statement, according to the Register.

"It also illustrates the wisdom of Sen. Paul's strategy of investing significant time into bridging the generational gap and reaching out to younger voters," he added. "If successful, that could make a big difference in who ultimately wins the Iowa caucus."

Huckabee ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and came in first place in the Iowa caucuses with 34 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney came in second place with 25 percent.

In the survey, every other potential candidate had less than 10 percent support. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third with 8 percent support, while 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz all tied for fourth place with 7 percent support.

Twenty-six percent of those surveyed are still undecided, according to the poll.

"With one in four Iowa Republicans undecided and the time remaining, the caucus is still, of course, very much up for grabs and anything could happen," Wilson said.


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