Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee – a social conservative with a weak record on free market and individual liberty issues – is the top choice of South Carolina Republican primary voters for president in 2016.
Or so says an automated poll conducted recently by Gravis Marketing …
Huckabee declined to seek the presidency in 2012 after winning the Iowa Caucuses (and finishing second in South Carolina to John McCain) in 2008.
“All the factors say ‘go’, but my heart says ‘no,'” Huckabee said of his decision not to run in last year’s election.
Anyway, according to the Gravis poll 18 percent of Palmetto State Republicans pegged Huckabee as their first choice in 2016 – putting him ahead of two other establishment GOP candidates, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (17 percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (14 percent).
Three stronger pro-free market candidates – U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio – followed this establishment trio, with Cruz garnering 13 percent support and Paul and Rubio drawing 8 percent apiece.
Sixteen percent of voters were undecided.
Hmmmm … if accurate, theses numbers would indicate South Carolina’s “Republican” electorate seems to be firmly in the pocket of the establishment wing of the party. At least for now.
This website has always viewed Huckabee as the worst of both worlds – totally unelectable as well as dead wrong on the dollars and cents issues that matter to us.
Frankly its embarrassing to live in a state where his candidacy would be taken seriously …
Huckabee’s electability hasn’t improved in advance of the 2016 race. For example he created a firestorm of controversy in the wake of last year’s elementary school shooting in Newtown Connecticut.
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”
The Gravis survey of 601 registered South Carolina voters was conducted between November 30 – December 2, 2013. Its margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.
To take a closer look at its data for yourself, click on the link below …