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. bert

    ALL THREE OF THESE PEOPLE PUT TOGETHER CAN NOT MEASURE UP TO PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    You would think the Repuke's would have swictched the brand up a bit, you know, like switching to people who have inclusive visions. It's time to start doing what the people need done. The behind the scenes Jim Crow that exist on the upper levels of society are not working for us regular folks. Us regular folks are starting to be able to get along with each other and it's time for the upper ranks of society to follow suit with us.

    Obama for 2012 and Clinton for 2016

    July 31, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Expat American

    Sarah Palin could one day actually be the President of the United States.....Why?

    Because in America there are enough people who will never travel within 10 miles of their place of birth, enough people who don't have a passport, enough people who believe that all Muslims are terrorists, enough people who believe in the notion of a 'Real America' that excludes all those of a different race, religion and who possess an advanced education, enough people who justify their racial and religious bigotry by hiding behind and American bastardization of European Christianity, and enough people who believe that the United States is the center of the world and that Jesus Christ was an American…to vote for her.

    But she had better win within the next 25-30 years or so...because after that, those listed above will be a small insignificant minority in the Unites States of America.

    July 31, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Angi's Mom

    Palin isn't interested in running for office again. She's looking to be a female Rush Limbaugh.

    July 31, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. S. Walter

    Yeah, and Romney spent the most in '08, but McCain won. Romney outspent Huck in Iowa 20 to 1 but Huck won. Money doesn't trump volunteers or pure communication skills, charisma, and authenticity. Hillary was the DNC Machine after '04 but look how far that got her. We can learn a lot from Obama and that is organization matters, and grassroot support means more than a few guys writing out huge checks. Romney gets all his money from a few rich donars and about 12% comes from small donors. Huckabee gets about 48% from small donors. If we learned anything from '08, political money machines do not win, enthusiasm does.

    July 31, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. notfooledtx

    All retreads and also-rans. None have much of a chance.

    July 31, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. JR

    I wouldn't vote for any of em. Maybe Ron Paul or Powell.

    July 31, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Mr. Meteoritical

    3 fundamentalist stooges who cling to an outdated ideology. It's better to flush money down the toliet than donate it to any of these warmongers.

    July 31, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Stop shoving this garbage down our throat CNN!! It's more than 3 years away for crying out loud!

    July 31, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. MikeH

    Romney gets his cash from the Mormon church.

    Palin gets hers from the Wackadoodle church.

    Huckabee gets his from the 'Earth-is-6000-Years-Old' church.

    This nation is doomed to turn into a failed state if any of these looney-tunes somehow becomes President.

    July 31, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Lynne

    "Democracy" bought and paid for!! Constant fund raising. polling, interest groups, ad campaigns...American gov't has become a never ending election campaign.

    July 31, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. lonnie

    are you kidding me......and what, pray tell, may they be campaigning for at this particular point in time......this is in no way shape or form news :(

    July 31, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Huckabee and Pain trail Romney in brains. And I don't even care for the Mormon Hypocrit.

    Just saying .............................................

    July 31, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    I hate republicans. Insensitive, greedy, unAmerican and hypocritical to the last.

    July 31, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Ted

    The GOP is for whatever reason looking at the also-rans that have been rejected in the past. It should be looking at potential talent such as Tim Pawlenty or Mitch Daniels. Give the voters fresh faces that have real track records.

    July 31, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. I Used to Be A Democrat

    Romney, Palin, and Huckabee have no chance of becoming President, even if Obama continues to screw up badly.

    If the Republicans actually care about their future, and ours, they will quit shunning and start embracing the one candidate who young people love, the one candidate who knows how to use modern technology, the one candidate who stands for principle and the ideas this country was founded on... Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul is the Republicans only hope.

    July 31, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Steve

    I do not think The South will control the Presidencial election
    for the Republican Party 2012 and I think it will dwindle to a 3rd party in the South if it does not drift into non existence.
    Additional the Republican Central committee is controlled by people
    that do not like the south and vs. Vs.

    July 31, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. GaVoter

    3.4 million more out of work Americans and no meaningful job creation on the horizon means anyone will be better than Obama and his progressily liberal bunch come 2012..

    July 31, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. carlos only smarter

    man, what a line up...........no comment!!!!! not worth more effort,,,...

    and why isn't cnn reporting on the extraordinary success the Cash for Clunkers program is having?.....I see, it was proposed by a Democrat from Mass. and rejected by the repugnants as a no brainer, well....it shows who lacks the brains.....go ahead fellow americans, show your anger at those who opose Health Care by calling your reps in congress, after all, government ran programs WORK when given a chance....hehehehe

    TRY IT, YOU"LL LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. David In West Virginia

    Way to go, Three Stooges!

    July 31, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Ryan Wing

    I don't understand how the three front runners are people who lost in 2008 and are tied so closely with Bush era conservativism. I'd think you'd want to move away from that ...

    July 31, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. while very amusing, what is wrong with the GOP?

    I think it great that GOPers are giving Palin their money, please do so

    but it is really a mystery, are there that many GOPers that have no use for their cash? I won't continue to bad mouth Palin, and I encourage all GOPers to give her your money, she needs more clothes

    July 31, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. beth

    I'd send her money. I hope she runs against Obama. To clean up the mess he was left, he'll probably need more than one term.

    July 31, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. A B C

    The peoples voice of this Great Country was heard in November. We will shut you out of the White House for years to come. America can't afford the GOP Ideals,Policies and GREED

    July 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Alfred E. Neumann

    I wonder what a GOP president would have said about the Harvard professor.

    Maybe, "Sgt. Crowley should have put a foot up his ...!'

    First we have the New Have black firemen demanding promotions for not scoring high enough on an exam and now Gates demanding an apology.

    July 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Reformed Republican

    Just goes to show you that the tin foil hat wearing birthers, tea baggers and family values suckers will send money to any political hack that says "God spoke to me and told me to run" or "I've found the way with Jesus" and "I love my guns".
    Suckers, chumps and morons all...

    July 31, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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