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

Huckabee trails Romney, Palin in cash haul

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/16/art.threeway.gi.jpg caption="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. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    I am very glad that these 3 remarkable people are part of the Conservative team. America is a great country.
    Patriots for Palin '2012

    July 31, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. brock

    Obama would lovvvve to run against Mike Huckabee. Or Sarah Palin. Either one will do. Romney, on the other hand, is way to competent, articulate, intelligent, accomplished and fleet-of-foot for Obama to handle, even with his dual teleprompters.

    Don't worry though, CNN, I'm sure the Republicans will botch their 2010 primary just like they did their 2008.

    July 31, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Phat Elvis

    must be hard for Huckabee. he is the lesser of the 3 evils, but he still trails a flip-flopper that uses his well-coiffed hair like a political weathervane and a vindictive and inarticulate quitter.

    Now if the Democrats could just get out of their own way they actually have a chance at staying in power.

    July 31, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Carole

    Republicans = Male, Pale and Stale

    **Insurance companies' BFFs

    July 31, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. A Wyoming Democrat

    People giving money to Palin are wasting it. She will never be president of this country and if she is, say goodbye to the USA because she will destroy it with her stupidity. How could anyone think someone like her is capable of running this country when she couldn't even run her own state? She is a quitter and every time the going gets tough, she quits. She is such a loser!

    July 31, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. tom

    HUCKABEE! Does the United States of America really want a guy who thinks the earth is 6,000 years old. A former Baptist preacher? A man on a mission from God. Wasn't Bush on a mission from God? Perhaps we could change the presidency to the Supreme Ruler and be like every other lunatic country that has a religious leader in charge. Perhaps he could wash away the sin of Cain from Obama or was that Abel?

    July 31, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. DaKwanda

    Sarah Palin needs to do us all a favor and go away! She is not smart enough to be a customer service rep, let alone The President. Are the choices that awful in Alaska that the people there had no other choice but to vote for her? People wake up, Sarah is not good enough to lead our country! Do I feel that she would do much worse than Bush did.... U Betcha!!!

    July 31, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Sally

    I don't understand why republicans always try to choose Palin. She has a bad influence on the party. She may have some cheers among very conservative people. But most pepole think she has a negative impact on the party. Wake up, people!

    July 31, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Steve

    Why are so many folks donating to her PAC when most intelligent life on Earth feel she isn't bright enough to be the President?

    July 31, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. James in Hawaii

    Sen McCain put Mrs Palin within a hair's breath from the Presidency. Does he support her now? The burning question...does he still feel "Palin is the right choice for our country"?

    July 31, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Isn't that woman out of politics? She is raising money to help pay for bills that have already been paid by the Alaskan people. CNN just can't have one day without this woman's name appearing somewhere in the story line. Two stories today – one ticker yesterday.
    She's gone. She quit. She is a major class bimbo still. You can't fix stupid. Who cares?

    July 31, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    and . . . . . she is no longer a political figure – keep her out of politics and put her under . . . . . . a rock?

    July 31, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. The Lady

    Why are you all focusing on what might happen in 2012, we really need to focus on 2009 – 2012 first.

    July 31, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Bill of Florida

    None of these candidates is viable. Mitt Romney is a flip flopper and he's rich enough to finance his own campaign. Sarah Palin is a quitter and obviously doesn't have the equipment to lead. Mike Huckabee is too closely associated with the religious right. GOP, you'd better come up with something better than this by 2012 if you hope to run a serious race.

    July 31, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. charlie in Maine

    My first thought on seeing this line-up would not be kind to the memory of the fine comedy team that were the original three stooges so I guess I will just say "WOW" and leave it at that.

    July 31, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Dick Henry

    I'm a Democrat, and if I had to pick among these three for President of my beloved USA, I'd pick Mike Huckabee in a heartbeat! He is a genuine guy whom I trust deeply. I'd like to make Mike see the errors of his ways, and become a Democrat. Now of course I'm aware that my comments might be seen as the kiss of death for poor Mike, but please, I do mean them. He's a great person, and I really, really, like and respect him. I can't say the same for the other two...

    July 31, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Disgusted reader

    If Palin is no longer governor and isn't running for president, why does she need a fund raising committee?

    July 31, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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