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Poll: Trump, Huck Tie for First Place in GOP Primary

Both Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee would capture 19 percent of the vote from Republican primary voters if the election were held today, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released today.

Sarah Palin would come in third, with 12 percent, while Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney each nab 11 percent.  Among the single digit crowd, Ron Paul polls at 7 percent, Michele Bachmann at 5 percent, Mitch Daniels at 3 percent, and Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum are at 2 percent.

If Trump and Bachmann were not in the race, Huckabee would win, with 24 percent of the vote. Gingrich, Palin, and Romney would tie for second, each receiving 16 percent of the vote.

But while Trump has high numbers, he also looks to be a polarizing figure already. Only 56 percent would like to see him run. That’s significantly less than the 72 percent who would like to see Huckabee run and the 66 percent who hope that Romney runs.

For the poll, 385 Republicans were surveyed and the margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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