Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker crushed the GOP competition in an online poll of 13 possible White House contenders that drew some 450,000 participants.
Matt Drudge tweeted out the early trend of The Drudge Report survey Monday, noting Walker was the "clear GOP frontrunner '16."
The online poll,
which closed late Tuesday, ultimately showed the conservative Walker snagging 199.095 votes, nearly half the total logged.
The Washington Times reports
the results reflect the "disconnect between the perceptions of loyal Drudge readers and the mainstream media, which has predictably turned upon" Walker.
But Fox News' Howard Kurtz
says Walker's "challenge" in the coming months will be "media scrutiny."
"We have a lot to learn about Scott Walker — and that, for him, is both a risk and an opportunity," Kurtz writes.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh,
however, is among Walker's conservative admirers.
"[W]e need somebody that's [a] fighter, and that's Scott Walker," Limbaugh told listeners Tuesday.
"He has written the blueprint on that – and not just written the blueprint, he's built the house from the blueprint."
And radio commentator Glenn Beck noted
though the focus has primarily been on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the GOP field, "is that who conservatives really want to see in office? According to a new poll by The Drudge Report, the answer would be a resounding 'No.'"
"I think this is the most accurate poll of Republicans I’ve seen so far," he added.
Other poll numbers showed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 58,844 votes; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 51,770; retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, 37,945; real estate mogul Donald Trump, 23,974; former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 20,935; Bush, 18,864; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 14,955; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 6,268; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 6,259 ; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 5,726; Rick Santorum, 3,038; and business executive Carly Fiorina, 2,291.
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