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Huckabee, Trump Tied for Lead in Gallup Poll

Huckabee, Trump Tied for Lead in Gallup Poll

By Kyle Adams - April 22, 2011

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and businessman Donald Trump are tied for the lead in a new national Republican presidential primary poll from Gallup.

Huckabee and Trump lead the field with 16 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney comes in second with 13 percent, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has 10 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are tied at 6 percent.

Polls this early in the cycle are often a measure of name recognition more than anything else. Still, it's notable that Trump, a real estate mogul who has engaged in a media blitz in recent weeks promoting his potential candidacy, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in surveys of the GOP presidential field. He led by nine points in a recent Public Policy Polling (D) survey and tied Huckabee for the lead in a CNN poll released April 12. He appears to be laying the groundwork for a campaign and plans to make an announcement after the end of the current season of his NBC series "The Apprentice."

Huckabee for his part remains publicly uncertain about launching a second bid for the presidency. However, backers, notably in South Carolina, remain energized about the possibility of another run.

Rounding out the GOP field in the Gallup poll, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann garners support from 4 percent of Republicans surveyed while Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty tie with 3 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour have 2 percent, and former Utah governor and current U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has 1 percent.

Gallup surveyed 1,047 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents from April 15-20. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

Kyle Adams can be reached at kadams@realclearpolitics.com.

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