Huckabee Leads GOP 2016 Field; Hillary Below 50% Against Any Republican

Mike HuckabeeA second chance for Mike Huckabee? A new poll conducted by PPP polls shows the former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate with a fair electability argument to put himself into the mix of the rest of the potential 2016 field of candidates. While Hillary Clinton leads Mike Huckabee 49/42 in a hypothetical contest, Huckabee beats Joe Biden 46/41 and Elizabeth Warren 44/33.

Jeb Bush is currently the strongest GOP hopeful, trailing Hillary only 3 points at 47/44 and Chris Christie isn’t far behind with a 4 point deficit at 46/42. Clinton leads Rand Paul and Paul Ryan each by 5 points at 47/42 and 48/43 respectively, Marco Rubio by 8 points at 48/40, and Ted Cruz by 11 points at 51/40.

Mitt Romney (Yes!) trails Clinton 48/43 in a hypothetical contest.

For the second time in a row Mike Huckabee leads the national Republican field for 2016. Huckabee’s at 18% to 15% for Jeb Bush, 14% each for Chris Christie and Rand Paul, 11% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Marco Rubio, 5% for Paul Ryan and Scott Walker, and 4% for Bobby Jindal.

One of the key backers of Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign told Newsmax that the former Arkansas governor and Fox television host was “leaning more toward running” for president in 2016 than he has ever been.

“I talked to Gov. Huckabee this morning before his speech, and my family and I had breakfast with him in New York last October. He’s definitely leaning more toward running for president in 2016,” South Carolina businessman Mike Campbell told Newsmax Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“And he certainly is more inclined to do it in ’16 than he was in ’12,” said Campbell.

03/14/2014 12:14 PM by Jacob Kornbluh

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