A recent poll of likely Iowa caucus goers showed 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee leading the way with 20 points.
Polling company We Ask America showed Sarah Palin followed with 14 points. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney registered with 13 points. A relatively new name in the mix was Donald Trump. He registered with 9 points.
The man who co-founded a website urging Trump to run, Michael Cohen, said 9 points is not bad.
Trump has said he will make his decision in June. That delayed timing may work for bigger names like Trump, but KCCI political analyst Dennis Goldford said that’s two months too late for others.
“People have got to decide by April whether to do this or not. Because it does take time to get organization up and running and that August straw poll becomes extremely important,” Goldford said.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday in Des Moines that he will decide in April. Barbour was visiting Iowa Republicans at the Statehouse, gauging support and testing the waters for a potential run.
“I’ve got about a six-week sprint here. Some of it here and some of it in other places of course,” Barbour said.
Eleven percent of Iowans polled said they were uncertain about which candidate they would choose. Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels all registered below 5 points.
The poll was conducted last week and had a margin of error of 3.29 percent.