Huckabee wins GOP straw poll in S.C.

April 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM

YORK, S.C., April 3 (UPI) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has won a Republican straw poll in South Carolina, strengthening his position as a possible 2012 presidential front-runner.

Huckabee won the Saturday GOP event in the state's York County with 23 percent, beating out New Gingrich's 11 percent and Michele Bachmann's 10 percent, Politico reported.

Mitt Romney garnered 8 percent, with Donald Trump and Tim Pawlenty tied at 7 percent.

Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were all on the straw poll ballot but none failed to garner more than 5 percent of support.

Huckabee remains popular in a number of Southern states as the run-up to the 2012 campaign begins.

He remains interested in running and is looking seriously at it, sources close to him told Politico.

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