Washington (CNN) - Leading the potential 2012 Republican pack in South Carolina is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, according to a new poll.
The American Research Group Poll shows Huckabee with 20 percent among registered Republican primary voters, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 18 percent, real estate mogul Donald Trump with 13 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 10 percent.
Among those voters who consider themselves Republicans, Huckabee leads with 23 percent, followed by Romney with 16 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 12 percent, Trump with 11 percent and Palin with 10 percent. Romney leads the group among registered Republican voters who consider themselves independents with 26 percent, followed by Trump with 21 percent, Huckabee with 11 percent and Palin with 10 percent.
When the group is broken down by those who support the Tea Party, Huckabee comes out on top, but Romney gets the top spot among those who said they are not Tea Party supporters.
Yet, Huckabee and Romney are tied at 19 percent among those who say they will definitely vote in the Republican South Carolina primary. Trump follows with 14 percent and Gingrich and Palin receive 10 percent each.
Huckabee placed second in the 2008 first-in-the-South primary behind Arizona Sen. John McCain. South Carolina is one of two early contest states that allow independents to participate in their presidential primaries.
Huckabee has said he is considering another run for the White House in 2012 and will make a decision by summer.
The American Research Group, Inc. survey polled 600 people via telephone between April 18 and April 23. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
huckster ... keep you tv job....play your bass ...build your mansion in florida... stay out of politics....your not the answer...
And who will be leading next week? Batman and Ghadafi? Honestly, this is the least intersesting group of people I have ever seen running for a major office.
huckabee need to stay on the porch, as haley decided to
Romney has no chance of winning in South Carolina. You have to be an evangelical wingnut to win a primary there.
Romney is UNSTOPABLE!
Ask Haley Barbour!
Good news for the Huckster?
The big story is that Romney overall is trailing him BY THE MARGIN OF ERROR. And, among those who will vote in the Republican primary THEY ARE TIED.
But no matter, Huckabee is not going to run. He wouldn't last very long if he had to endure the scrutiny that Romney has had to endure.
gt above has the best advice for Huckabee – keep your day job.
BREAKING NEWS for CNN- right now there is only ONE candidate for the Republicn nomination- Romney. So all your polling is only page filler. Nobody is voting for anyone right now- no matter how many times you ask the question.
He's fat. Again.
Huckabee sure keeps his wife hidden, I wonder why because she will soon have to "show her face" and the rest of her. Yes, if Huckabee wants to talk about women, then let's talk about all women and she/he is not excluded.
Okay: he ran once and did not get the nomination. So did Romney. What part of THEY ARE NOT WINNERS do Republican voters not comprehend?
Living in NC right on the SC line, I can tell you winning over SC voters is no big deal. Most SC voters are uneducated, redneck, racists who drive rusted out pickup trucks with Confederate flag stickers on their back window. They fly the Confederate flag (vs the American on) on flagpoles in front of their doubllewide trailer.
These are your "birthers" who you cannot teach anything. All they can see is the colior of President Obama's skin and not the good and decent man and leader beyond that. They cannot even see it is Republicans taking away their rights and making them even poorer by taking away their Medicaid, food stamps, and giving it ALL to corrupt corporations.
SC will vote for anybody white and who pretends to be a "Christian". Huckabee is only one of these.
This is NOT good news for Huck. His must wins are Iowa and SC. But Romney is a close 2nd in both states–with a hefty lead in NH and NV, the other 2 of the first primary states.
This is just one more reason why Huck isn't even going to try.
none of the GOP idiots are worth talking....this guy is a religion guy....white house does not need religion in it....so doesn't America....o.k, Nation is secular...in a democratic front....not religion....
Palin at 10%. Guess she's down to stems & seeds again. Better hook up with Willie Nelson then. You'll never run out.
BREAKING: Barbour not running for prez – so he says
He gave up so he can see much brighter days
Now SC is picking a man and I am wondering why
They won't just tell him "Yo, Huck-A-Bye!!!" LOL
How many straws were pulled in SC to pick a candidate???? Enough to build a house so President Obama can "blow the house down!!!"
If Hucks decides to run for the WH, the Arkansans will throw everything we've got on this liar, cheat and lover of illegals. He probably doesn't think we remember his administration - surprise Huck, we have long memories of somebody like you who left us in a mess, took his Fox money to Florida, turning his back on Arkansas.
Trump gets 21% from independents (there are independents in South Caroline???)!!! Oh, this is going to be a crazy election.
STILL, the GOP has no national candidate in its entire field of hopefuls. Not a one. CNN – where are your stories on this?
Just look at him. I mean REALLY look at him. Is this who you want representing you on a world stage? He looks stupid, over weight and totally confused. This is not my idea of "presidential material".
Wow you mean Southern Conservative Republicans favor a Southern Conservative Republican? What a shock!
Hope he runs and gets the nomination. Then the Dems can run "Willie Horton" style attack ads featuring Maurice Clemmons
This just goes to show how bright the people of South Carolina are. Once Huckabee is president, he can free more convicted felons to go out and kill more cops (he did it before, he can do it again). Google search "Maurice Clemmons" and learn.
I'm a card carrying Republican. I make a decent wage. I have an education. I'm not a racist or blind to the social, political, spiritual, and fiscal problems that face our nation. We need a leader who has both a head and a heart.
I like Mike and will vote for him if given the opportunity. The lack of civility on boards like this one are a reminder of why we need a decent man in the Oval office.
Huckster...what have you done lately besides "work" at Fox News – Fact Don't Matter? He is one of the few potentials at least that has some class. And taking on his Fox News – Facts Don't Matter – colleague Glenn "the Nut" Beck will score a few points in my book.
Hmmmm, Huckleberry polls well with the ignorant birthbaggers in SC and that's news how?
And the claims that Romney is the "real" candidate for the GOBP is ludicrous. He's been leading the class war on America's poor and middle class since his days running hedge funds. He's not a "job creator". he made his fortune as a job destroyer. I also suspect the evangelicals might get a tad gun-shy when they realize his Mormon "values" are even more extreme than the fake "christians."
The terms "Good News", "Huckabee", and "South Carolina" don't seem to go together.