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. bsmith171

    who cares?

    July 31, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Three losers. When will the next leader of the republican party show up?

    July 31, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Happy in Arizona

    No, no, no. Keep Sarah Palin off the Presidential track. But, then again, if she runs against Romney or Huckabee, maybe then, Romney, the best choice should get in.

    July 31, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Peter

    Even Palin could do a better job than the Great Pretender has done thus far. He should have at least gotten some experience managing something. Even if he could have run that criminal organization ACORN prior to running the country it might have helped.

    July 31, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They didn't win before, and I don't think they can win this coming time in 2012. Palin can be labeled as a quiter and an ideologue. Romney's conserative credentials were questionable then, and they will be again. Huckabee wasn't much better. If any of them were to win the nomination, they would have a hard time at this point getting enough support outside the GOP base.

    July 31, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Jay T.

    Neither of these three will be the Republican nominee for president. If one of them is the nominee, it will be a cake walk for Obama in his bid for re-election.

    July 31, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Stephen in Denver

    No thanks! I will stick by President Obama. I am tired of the GOP who's who while nothing gets done. Things are changing and its due to the new President and his staff.

    July 31, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Independent from Tx

    In 2008 the captivated the attention of an entire nation with her magnetic personality and folksy charm. Now she has moved on to a higher calling with the support of an adoring public. She may not be the favorite of the establishment elites but she sure has made a connection to the common working person. There is no doubt she is the frontrunner for 2012 and now she can travel nationwide to strengthen her political support even more. America is in love with Sarah Palin and can't wait to see her next move.

    July 31, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Luke

    Mitt is the man!

    July 31, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Paulee

    Mitt Romney is quality and gets what is needed to get our country back. I can't see anyone debating the young-n P. Obama better than Mitt Romney..We need maturity and experience...Someone who knows how to read a balance sheet and knows how to reach the American Dream on HIS own dime .Mitt is proven and true. I want a proven entity, not oh, perhaps this person will develop into a great entity. Like for example...Obama will move to the center...NOT!! Most liberal President in the history of this country. I wish people would stop the attacks, Mitt was vetted pretty hastily in all areas in 2008...and he is by the way MORALLY sound....Romney 2012....

    July 31, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Peter

    Palin cannot be serious about running for president. I don't care what people say by 2012, SHE COULD LOSE TO A DEMOCRAT FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION! Please stop bringing her into the new CNN

    July 31, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Dave in NY

    It's a "cash haul" when a Republican raises funds, but a "war chest" when a Democrat does exactly the same thing. One could not expect anything less from CNN's unfair and unbalanced version of "journalism"!

    July 31, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Rob Johnson

    For a right-wing conservative Republican, Huckabee isn't that bad, but he doesn't have a chance to win the GOP nomination in 2012.

    Palin has the star power and she is a big hit with evangelicals, who were Huckabee's biggest supporters in 2008. In other words, he can't even count on the people who voted for him last time.

    Romney has the money and the support of every Republican who is terrified of Palin and wants to keep her from hijacking the party. He beat Huckabee last time, no reason to think he couldn't do it again.

    Huckabee is an afterthought.

    July 31, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. carlo

    Giving money to any of those three is like flushing it down the toilet. Once the birthers get their word out to every voter, the GOP will go the way of the Whigs. The Republican party is the party of uneducated, racist lunatics.

    July 31, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Phil in KC

    Perhaps this is more a reflection on the type of support he enjoys. It occurs to me that, perhaps, Huckabee has a stronger following among lower income Republicans. They can't afford to support their candidate like the other supporters can. Romney, on the other hand, is big among those in the upper income levels. Palin – well, I just don't understand who is supporting Palin or why.

    July 31, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. gl, Pittsburgh

    Huckabee, Palin, Romney, Newt, and Pawlenty is all the Repubicans have for 2012 then it will be a sure win for President Obama. It doesn't matter which one win the GOP Presidental Nominee becasuse none of them appeal to Indenpentent are moderates.

    July 31, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Republican until '08 Primaries

    I am sick of seeing Sarah Palin's face or hearing any of her moron comments. CNN, when are you going to start paying attention to the comments you get...most Americans are sick of this woman and don't take anything she says seriously. Did the DNC pay you to put these three losers pictures up here?! If this is all the Republicans have to offer America going forward then more and more life long Republicans are going to continue to jump off a sinking vessel. We just finished 8 years of undereducated moronic leadership and look where that got us!

    July 31, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. bill

    Palin, Romney, or Huckabee don't have a snowball's chance.. Huge waste of money.

    July 31, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Gene

    The sad thing is though I would've vote for any of them.. I like Huckabee the most out of all of them.

    Romney completely changes his views on everything constantly, and Palin isn't intelligent or coherent enough to actually have a solid view on anything. At least Huckabee, though I don't agree with his views most of the time, is solid, and actually seems like a genuine good guy.

    July 31, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Barack won the election, America loses big time.

    Can't wait till 2010, when the American people begin to get their country back.

    And 2012 when Socialist loses in a landslide to anyone from the Republican party.

    Happy days will be back in 2010 and 2012. Let's just hope Barack the Destroyer of Capitalism doesn't bankrupt us first with massives spending programs and equally massive tax increases.

    July 31, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    Hey Republicans...what about your mantra and absolute belief of people not looking for hand outs? I mean you go on and on about how some people have to WORK for their money rather then BEG and PLEAD for a hand out. Here's a story about your party LEADERS seeking HAND OUTS. Throwing all their speeches into the trash bin and adopting a "Just give me money, because I won't do it for myself" stance.

    Republicans: Always mooching off the real workers and then pretending they don't.

    Got Hypocrisy?

    July 31, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Barack won the election, America loses big time.

    Can't wait till 2010, when the American people begin to get their country back.

    And 2012 when the Socialist loses in a landslide to anyone from the Republican party.

    Happy days will be back in 2010 and 2012. Let's just hope Barack the Destroyer of Capitalism doesn't bankrupt us first with massive spending programs and equally massive tax increases.

    July 31, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Sarah's face is falling already. When she isn't as "pretty" in 2012 as she has been this past election, she won't get the votes from guys like my ex-husband, who never considered she has no brain matter.

    July 31, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. CF

    Any one of the three would be a terribly frightening prospect as president to anyone who isn't a devotely Christian, anti-science, anti-equal rights, ultra Conservative.
    The President must respect and represent ALL Americans. These three clowns each only care about their own faction.

    July 31, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Suzan

    If Palin doesn't stop canceling her speaking engagements (like the most recent one in Calif.) she will not only ruin her chances of bringing in the money she needs but even the Republicans that she seems to think she can help out by going out on the campaign trail and give speeches for them and help raise money for the GOP, they aren't going to want this loose canon anywhere near them......

    July 31, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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