Poll: Mike Huckabee Latest GOP Front-Runner in Race to Lose to Hillary Clinton

The former Arkansas governor and current female-libido analyst leads the Republican pack in a new CNN poll.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.
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Matt Berman
Feb. 3, 2014, 11:47 a.m.

Great news for people who like 2016 polls com­ic­ally far-out from Elec­tion Day: New poll! With a new Re­pub­lic­an front-run­ner! And it’s that guy who just said that thing that made all the out­rage!

A new poll from CNN/ORC shows that former Arkan­sas gov­ernor and 2008 pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate Mike Hucka­bee is now lead­ing all oth­er pos­sible GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates with 14 per­cent of the Re­pub­lic­an vote. That lead is fol­lowed up closely by Sen. Rand Paul, who car­ries 13 per­cent sup­port. Fur­ther be­hind is Chris Christie, who is tied with Jeb Bush for 10 per­cent of the GOP-lean­ing vote.

This must be pretty ex­cit­ing — for Mike Hucka­bee. Just un­der two weeks ago at the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s winter meet­ing, the gov­ernor cre­ated a bit of a stir when he went off on Demo­crats for mak­ing wo­men “be­lieve that they are help­less without Uncle Sug­ar com­ing in and provid­ing them a pre­scrip­tion each month for birth con­trol be­cause they can­not con­trol their li­bido or their re­pro­duct­ive sys­tem without the gov­ern­ment.”

Now, he’s lead­ing in his second 2016 poll in the span of a week.

The down­side for Hucka­bee? Ac­cord­ing to CNN’s poll, Hil­lary Clin­ton is just romp­ing the op­pos­i­tion. In a head-to-head with Christie, CNN finds that Clin­ton has a 55-39 ad­vant­age among re­gistered voters. And that’s the most com­pet­it­ive pos­sible out­come. Against Hucka­bee, Clin­ton would have a 56-39 lead. She trails no Re­pub­lic­ans in any of CNN’s head-to-heads.

All of this car­ries the most im­port­ant caveat: It’s still wildly early to get a real sense of who’s go­ing to win a party nom­in­a­tion in 2016, to say noth­ing of the White House it­self. But Clin­ton is in a his­tor­ic­ally strong po­s­i­tion if she de­cides to run, no mat­ter whom she winds up go­ing up against.

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