Map of the Southern States
States Polled by Winthrop, Showing Huckabee Lead

In a new poll released by respected pollsters at Winthrop University, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is polling well ahead of the Republican field with 21.9% of likely Southern primary voters in 2012. States polled were Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

The next highest candidate was former Georgia congressman and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who is expected to announced his candidacy later this week and polled at 12.9%. Sarah Palin was third at 8.7%, with Mitt Romney coming in fifth at 6.9%, barely ahead of Tim Pawlenty. The two biggest surprises are fourth place finisher and North-Easterner, Chris Christie with 7.6% and sitting Governor of Alabama, Haley Barbour, who only got 1% of the vote. Texas native Ron Paul finished at 6%, while Rick Santorum didn’t break into the 1% range and Mitch Daniels was just under 3%. About 20% haven’t decided, yet.

Other questions by Winthrop showed that the economy was the number one issue not just for Republicans, but for all Southland voters.

5 comments
  1. I’m not surprised that he is polling ahead in the South he won most of the South in 2008 minus SC, FL, and LA I believe. The sample size is only 825, while that is an average sample size they don’t give us any idea of how the poll breaks down by state. A region poll isn’t all that helpful since the primary race is decided state by state on different days and the outcome of the race depends on earlier contests, etc. While it certainly isn’t bad news for Huckabee, I wouldn’t get overly excited about it either.

  2. This is excellent news for Huckabee. He will also carry unlisted Southern States Missouri and Kentucky. Huckabee could sweep the entire South, including Florida, VA, and NC, that McCain lost. They both have 269 electoral votes if Huck takes WI, and Florida.

    If only he hadn’t freed that murderer who, once released, murdered that cop. If they can suppress that, he will beat Obama. The Repubs will not elect the adulterer Gingrich, or Palin. It’s btwn Huck and Romney, with Huck having a better chance to win the Presidency because he’s more Conservative.

  3. This is excellent news for Huckabee. He will also carry unlisted Southern States Missouri and Kentucky. Huckabee could sweep the entire South, including Florida, VA, and NC, that McCain lost. They both have 269 electoral votes if Huck takes WI, and Florida.

    If only he hadn’t freed that murderer who, once released, murdered that cop. If they can suppress that, he will beat Obama. The Repubs will not elect the adulterer Gingrich, or Palin. It’s btwn Huck and Romney, with Huck having a better chance to win the Presidency because he’s more Conservative.

  4. This is excellent news for Huckabee. He will also carry unlisted Southern States Missouri and Kentucky. Huckabee could sweep the entire South, including Florida, VA, and NC, that McCain lost. They both have 269 electoral votes if Huck takes WI, and Florida.

    If only he hadn’t freed that murderer who, once released, murdered that cop. If they can suppress that, he will beat Obama. The Repubs will not elect the adulterer Gingrich, or Palin. It’s btwn Huck and Romney, with Huck having a better chance to win the Presidency because he’s more Conservative.

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