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Mike Huckabee 2016: What 4 Leading Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks at the Freedom Summit April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 04 Jan 2015 01:59 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a potential contender in the growing field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates, has been rated highly in recent polls comparing him to other GOP hopefuls.

The Southern Baptist minister previously sought the Republican nomination in 2008 and stunned many political observers when he won the Iowa caucuses.

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The host of "Huckabee," a talk show on the Fox News Channel, has not yet declared himself a candidate, but the fact that his name is appearing more often is proof to many political commentators that it's far too early to name front-runners for the 2016 presidential race.

Here are what some leading pundits have to say about Huckabee's positions and his chances at the White House:

Soven Bery, in his blog on the website The Hill, writes, "His name has been floating around as a potential contender in the GOP primary, but it is time to recognize the Fox News celebrity as a viable threat to Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic challenger." Bery goes on to cite survey results from RealClearPolitics, which illustrate how well Huckabee would do in a bid for office against Hillary Clinton.

In a recent controversy, Huckabee threatened to leave the party if Republicans abandon their opposition to same-sex marriage. Political observers noted that such a move would be damaging to the GOP.

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Doug Schoen, in a Newsmax article: "Given the mood in the country, Mike Huckabee can do serious damage to the Republican nominee if he runs as a tea party independent against a mainstream Republican nominee," said the Democratic analyst and pollster. "Best news Hillary Clinton has had all week."

Matt Towery, a GOP pollster and debate expert: "They can ill-afford a very credible conservative leader shearing away any of their vote in the general election, if he were to get on the ballot in some of the states where that is an issue of significance."

Maggie Gallagher, senior fellow of the conservative American Principles Project, disagrees, saying that voters would approve if Huckabee went out on his own.

"He is the kind of man who speaks from the heart, not the pundits' polling playbook," she said. "For the last eight years, 'professional Republicans' in D.C. have urged GOP candidates to remain silent on some of the core moral issues of our time," Gallagher said.

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