July 31st, 2009
12:34 PM ET
5 years ago

Huckabee trails Romney, Palin in cash haul

Mike Huckabee trails Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney in fundraising through the first half of 2009.
Mike Huckabee trails Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney in fundraising through the first half of 2009.

(CNN) - Recent polls show he is among the early frontrunners for the 2012 GOP presidential bid, but when it comes to fundraising this year, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trails well behind his chief rivals.

The former Republican presidential candidate e-mailed supporters Thursday night announcing he has raised a little over $300,000 in the first six months of the year, a cash haul that is only about 20 percent of the $1.6 million former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took in the same period.

It's also about a third of what former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has raised since January. Her political action committee, SarahPAC, reported raising $730,000 through July 1, but a spokeswoman for Palin said the Alaska Republican took in an additional $200,000 in the early days of July after announcing she was stepping down as governor.

Several recent surveys - including one from CNN/Opinion Research Corp. – show Huckabee is roughly tied with Palin and Romney in an early assessment of where the 2012 Republican presidential race stands.


Filed under: Fundraising • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Yolanda

    Huckabee needs to call it quits, he's made a fool out of himself.

    July 31, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Annie22

    Doesn't matter, all three will be losers.

    July 31, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Huckabee, Palin and Romney are a lost cause. Colin Powell needs to reclaim the Republican Party.

    July 31, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    The worse the economy gets, the better Obama will look. Nothing in Obama's plan for the US is good for the economy so he needs to start attacking Romney now if he wants to have a shot at being re-elected.

    July 31, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Claudia in Houson

    The GOP is in deep trouble if this is the best they can do. LOL

    July 31, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. UNEDUCATED AMERICA

    none of them predicted the economic collapse-

    Ron Paul did- because he actually understands history and economics.

    i will register independent and vote for the constitution- what will you vote for? more hope?

    July 31, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. feel the heat

    Huckabee, Palin, 2012 wink wink, pray pray a winning combo.

    July 31, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Grant

    So ol fire and brimstone Mike is in a 3-way tie for last place. Seem appropriate to me. God bless.

    July 31, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    Time will tell.

    July 31, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Wow,what a choice,the three stooges.

    July 31, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Guess it's down to Romney and T-Paw, at least for now. A dummy and a hardcore evangelical might appeal to the base, but no one else. Too bad Romney and Pawlenty are about as exciting as a sack of rocks.

    July 31, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    The Hillbilly, the Robot, and the Alaska Loon. Which ever one bubbles to the top will be showered with cash from Big Oil and Big Banking. Go Sarah! We need a quitter in front of the GOP.

    July 31, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Nate

    No chance in 2012!

    July 31, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Bob of Lompoc

    Pretty Boy, Saturday Night At The Dirt Track and Gomer Pyle. These people are from " The Party Of Lincoln " ? Oh, my God.

    July 31, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. yuri

    Romney revealed, recently, that he can reap the benefits of bein' a reasonable repub. Pawlenty, on the other hand, pursues a path of pugnacity while attackin' the Dems just for the sake of polarizin. Palin and Huckabee are, probably, non-entities, in our opinion.

    July 31, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. LeefromCa

    All three, esp. Palin, need to be sent off to outter space never to return. The GOP doesnt stand a chance in 2012.

    July 31, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. cad

    The Repubican Party needs new blood if they want to win. They couldn't beat Obama before what makes them think they can do it next time around. I am extremely disappointed in Obama and would like to see him out but the 3 candidates would not be my choice.

    July 31, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. JP

    I can't wait till Palin run's in 2012!!! I can't wait too see the same members of the GOP who prasied her, bash her!! It's gonna be great!!

    July 31, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. nea-nea

    Thats why the Republicans cant get anything done its all about 2012! Forget about what Americans are going through now .

    July 31, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Irma in North Carolina

    Sarah will most likely take that money and run with it. She skipped out of speaking at the Regan Libary deal. So that much more for her self.

    July 31, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Can't wait till 2012..... any one of these true Americans will be a million times better than the left-wing pandering socialist we have now.

    July 31, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. aware

    Romney is the GOP BO, and Huckabee is inconsequential.

    Sarah Palin is the only one on the Horizon for 2012 – red, blue or purple! :)

    July 31, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Al Smith

    I hppe the GOP gets behind Romney. I liked him from the start.

    He has the right idea about politics and how things should be.

    Romney 2012.

    July 31, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. jjsnani

    OMG!! Please tell me these rumors about Palin even thinking she should run for President are false. What a horrendous, scary thought!! She cares nothing for the environment, is pretty much on the stupid side of the walk, and really thinks the American people would.............wait a minute...............oops............we've elected her kind before............only they were in the "bushes"!!!!!!

    July 31, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Larry

    I don't know why these clowns even bother.

    There's no way a Republican will be elected after the way this country was trashed under Bush.

    July 31, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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