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With nearly three years left until the 2016 presidential election, pollsters prove it is never too early to begin gauging the preferences of potential voters. Though results can become increasingly volatile as legitimate campaigning commences, polls offer a snapshot of American sentiment at critical junctures throughout the process.

One of the latest, released this week by the leftist group Public Policy Polling, offers some encouraging news for supporters of Baptist minister-turned-presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Among the current crop of likely candidates, he is the clear leader – at least among those who participated in this survey.

Receiving 16 percent of the respondents’ support, Huckabee leads his nearest competitor, former Gov. Jeb Bush, by two points. From there, the field includes Gov. Chris Christie with 13 percent, and Sen. Rand Paul with 11 percent. The trio of Rep. Paul Ryan and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were tied, each receiving eight percent of the vote.

Since the poll was conducted, Huckabee has been in the news for a statement he made regarding the Democrat Party’s attempt to create a class of women dependent upon the government for their necessities. While his words were twisted and taken out of context by his leftist opponents, the true intent of his message resonated with his party’s conservative base.

 

Huckabee spoke out against the Democrats’ attempt to “insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in” to provide “birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government….”

He was portrayed by many as a misogynist when his clear intent was to empower women – and all Americans – to reject the government nanny state in favor of individual responsibility and freedom.

Scandals surrounding Christie have, at least temporarily, knocked him off of his perch as an early favorite for the GOP nomination. In reality, each of the contenders will have to overcome party disputes in their goal of reaching and appealing to a wide audience of Republican voters.

Any candidate able to effectively communicate the timeless principles of limited government and constitutional liberty, however, can easily attract support among the millions of Americans disillusioned by the current regime.

–B. Christopher Agee

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