Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is the breakaway leader of the GOP presidential pack, polling at 25 percent in a new survey, his biggest level of support so far.
According to the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling
, the next closest contender to Walker is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 18 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 17 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 10 percent.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are at 5 percent each, followed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 4 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 3 percent each.
The Washington Times
notes Walker was at 11 percent in a PPP poll last month, when 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney led with 21 percent, followed by Bush at 17 percent and Carson at 15 percent.
Romney has since announced he won't be running for the White House again.
"There is no doubt — Scott Walker is the candidate with all the momentum in the Republican race for president right now," according to Dean Debnam, the polling firm's president, the Times reports.
"The big question is whether he will be able to sustain it in a way that most of the fleeting Republican front runners in 2012 couldn’t."
Among "very conservative" voters, Walker leads with 37 percent, followed by Carson at 19 percent and Bush at 12 percent. Bush leads Walker among moderates, 34 percent to 12 percent.
Walker also leads among "tea party" voters with 43 percent, followed by Carson, with 16 percent.
The survey has a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.
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