Huckabee wins 2012 county straw poll in South Carolina
April 2nd, 2011
04:34 PM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee wins 2012 county straw poll in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee won a 2012 presidential straw poll conducted in a key South Carolina county Saturday.

The informal vote was the first of many upcoming straw polls taking place this month at grassroots GOP gatherings across South Carolina, one of the four crucial early voting states in the presidential nominating process.

Huckabee's win Saturday occurred at the York County Republican Party convention. The former Arkansas governor won York County in the state's 2008 presidential primary despite losing the overall contest to Sen. John McCain. York encompasses parts of the Charlotte, North Carolina suburbs and is one of the most populous counties in South Carolina.

Huckabee, who has shown no signs of mounting a repeat presidential bid in the state, nevertheless won the vote with 23 percent of the 152 ballots cast, local GOP officials told CNN. He was followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who captured 11 percent of the vote. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann finished third with 10 percent.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney netted 8 percent to finish fourth. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and reality television star Donald Trump tied for fifth, with 7 percent.

Also appearing on the ballot, in alphabetical order, were Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The Greenville County Republican Party, the largest county party in the state, is conducting another presidential straw poll next weekend. Two other influential county parties, Charleston and Lexington, will hold straw polls later in the month.

Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Huckabee doesn't believe in evolution and doesn't understand the US Constitution's prohibition on establishing a state religion (First Amendment, "the government shall establish no religion").

    If he wants to lead a group in his fantasyland, he should return to the pulpit.

    He has absolutely NO PLACE as POTUS.

    April 2, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The top three in this poll look like the Fox News Christmas card list. The GOP voters of South Carolina don't have much to pick from, but with 300 million plus folks in America, that's the best they can do?

    April 2, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Mr Caribbean

    Run huck,run Newt, run,Bachmann, and whoever else think they are prez material

    April 2, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. willie floyd

    As a SC native I've never heard York cnty. was one of our most populus counties. Oh well, it could have been worse, they could have chosen Palin or Bachman. But a lying PREACHER-yuck!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 2, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    I'd expect something like that from South Carolina.

    April 2, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This so-called preacher doesn't care about the poor along with the rest of the GOP, he's got his and FOX has afforded him enough money to build a million dollar home. Huckabee has stated he's not giving up at FOX and lose his lucritive salary, health care for his twin(wife) and not be able to live in his million dollar mansion. Huckabee is laughing all the way to the bank on the backs of the poor church going people.

    April 2, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Pretzel Logic

    Where's Huckabee's birth certificate?

    April 2, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Itsa

    Huckabee doesn't have a snowballs's chance..

    April 2, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Bob (Illinois)

    I feel better already. Riiiight.

    April 2, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs declared war on YOU!

    This says more about the stupidity of the SC GOBPbaggers than it says about the Huckster's fitness to be president (which is virtually zero).

    April 2, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. DENNA

    That's okay if he is going to govern straw people. LOL Like the Tea Partiers. I was wondering in all of the photos I have seen all of the Tea Partiers are fat, I mean chunky. Maybe these people should be exercising their muscles and not their mouths.

    April 2, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. ARTRaveler

    Huckabuck for theologian-in-chief, maybe, although he has either denied his "call" and told God to take a hike or he has been a fraud everytime he appears in a church. He was caught on video saying that a sincerely flawed history of US history and Christianity should be taught to everyone by gunpoint. They tried to erase that comment from the official record but copies got out. What the country needs-the Republican Taliban-join us or die, What's the difference between his view of Christianity and the Taliban brand of Islam?

    April 2, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. normajean

    I don't think those people in So. Carolina even know how to read. If they did, they would know by now that Huckabee is not presidential material in any sense. He lacks honesty, integrity,character and along with so many of the "possible: candidates on the Republican side,does not have the peoples concerns on his agenda, but most assuridlly has his own. Why don't you people pick up a newsmagazine or a newspaper once in a while and find out what's REALLY going on in that world outside your own????

    April 2, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. ted

    So Huckabee wins a bale of hay? So what. He is not a serious candidate as the rest of the also rans as he is making lots of money somehow else. When will the GOP actually field a serious candidate and get rid of these morons?

    April 2, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. dlh in Texas

    nothing surprising about this, southern folks see everyday what the evil tea, Republican, Nazi party is doing and what they have done in the past to destroy the country and they continue to support these people. At least all the folks in Ohio, Wisconsin and a few other states that Repubs captured in 2010 might be waking up from the nightmare. As long as the POUTS remains a non white democrat, they will never change.

    April 2, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. dlh in Texas

    Obama, Biden 2012, Hillary and ? 2016

    April 2, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. anagram_kid

    A few days ago Huckabee chastised Natalie Portman for being unwed and pregnant. Apparently he feels that the gov’t and/or his religion should be in charge of deeming when a woman is allowed to procreate. This guy has no chance of winning and like the last election he will overstay his welcome. The Koch brothers have already picked Romney and he too will lose.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 2, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. anagram_kid

    Palin is at the bottom of the pack! Mama grizzly won’t like that on little bit. How long until we hear what she thinks is wrong with Huckabee’s genitals?

    April 2, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. anagram_kid

    I think it would be great if he won the nomination and then came out with what he really wants to accomplish – turning America into a Theocracy. Something tells me even the most fanatic religious folk will turn against him when they realize that he does not intend to rule using their franchise of Christianity.

    April 2, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. ED FL

    OH Goody that qualifies Huckabee for a date with Senator DEMINT. Isn't that thrilling,he may even set him up with a meeting with SORRY SARAH.

    April 2, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    And the jokes continue . . . . . . that fake hair moron with seven percent? I guess there are a LOT of idiots out there and they are all rethugs!!!

    April 2, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. they call me "tater salad"

    I'm a firm believer in "SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE"............Go home "preacher man" and take your "good book" with you......You don't belong in the White House therefore you will not be elected to the White House..........Now get lost you ultra wealthy, southern baptist, social issue control freak!

    April 2, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. Valerie from Raleigh

    Mike Huckabee is a good and interesting man but not the candidate for the Republican 2012 election. His anti-science stance and far-right thinking will not appeal to the much-needed Independent voters. There is not a stand-out possibility in the Republican stable that could actually win the election and with the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck and Fox New's behavior, many voters see them as just "nutty." The once-proud Republican party – the party of Bob Dole of Kansas and John Warner of Virginia, men of education and intelligence – are long-gone from the GOP and those who now represent the party are a far cry to the quality legislators the party once enjoyed. They have lost my vote.

    April 2, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Wow, one hayseed wins over 35 other hayseeds!

    April 2, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. Positive

    Not an electable one in the whole bunch.

    April 2, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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