Huckabee Wins Straw Poll of ‘Values Voters’

By: Kevin Eckstrom

WASHINGTON (RNS) Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was the clear favorite among attendees of the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in a straw poll of 10 possible Republican presidential candidates in 2012.

Huckabee won 28 percent of the 597 votes cast in two days of balloting that ended Saturday (Sept. 19). Four candidates—former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.,—tied for second place, each with about 12 percent.

“He is well-oiled,” said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council and its political arm, FRC Action. “I don’t think he’s missed a beat from where he left off in the (2008) presidential race.”

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