Check out the following CNN/Opinion Research poll. Could Mike Huckabee beat President Obama in 2012? From an oratory "aw shucks" standpoint, Huckabee may be the closest thing to Reagan that the GOP has.
The Club for Growth folks will go after him in the primaries again, but if conservative Evangelical leadership rise up in 2012 *unlike they did in 2008) in support of Huckabee then watch out.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee fares best against President Obama in a test of several Republicans' strength nationally in 2012.
Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) have an early advantage on Obama, two years before voters head to the polls for the next presidential election, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Thursday.
Fifty-two percent of registered voters would elect Huckabee over Obama if the 2012 election were held today, while 44 percent would choose Obama. Romney enjoys a 50-45 percent advantage over Obama.
Two other candidates tested against Obama — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) — fared less well.
Fifty-two percent of registered voters would choose Obama if he were running against Palin, who drew support from 44 percent. Obama would best Gingrich 49-47 percent.