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New poll shows Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee tied for the GOP presidential nomination

March 29, 2014

  According to a new poll released by WPA Research Rand Paul and, surprisingly in my opinion, Mike Huckabee are tied in the race to become the GOP’s nominee for president in 2016.

Paul and Huckabee each receive 13% in a new WPA Research poll that was released on Saturday. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is third at 9%, and embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is tied with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in fourth with 9%.

  Clearly there is no front-runner here and some would claim this proves a crowded field proves there are many strong candidates while others would claim this proves there is no singularly strong candidate–only time will tell.

  But here is the part of the analysis which I find the most interesting because it correlates with something I mentioned in my two previous posts on Rand Paul: 

“Rand Paul seems to be doing what his father never was able to and reaching out to other parts of the party to win support. While young voters are his best group, Paul also manages to pull in support from other age groups as well,” Wilson said. He noted that Paul wins 16% of voters in the 65-74 age group.

  This poll finds that the youth vote is Rand Paul’s strong point and that block of voters is usually solidly behind the Democratic nominee, which is why I feel Rand Paul has the best, and maybe the only, chance at defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

  Rand Paul is probably uniquely qualified to win enough of that demographic to nullify the advantage Hillary Clinton will have against any other GOP candidate and that is just one of the reasons why I find his potential candidacy to be so interesting. 

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