It’s no surprise that Barna’s new survey of the Republican presidential horse race (h/t David Gibson)
shows Mike Huckebee doing well among Protestants, the more conservative
the better. What’s striking to me is that he’s running neck-and-neck
with Mitt Romney in the Catholic favorability sweepstakes: 45-32 as
opposed to 46-29. Meanwhile, the unfavorables outweigh the favorables
among Catholics for the other three horses: Palin (35-64), Paul (29-35),
and Gingrich (27-46). To boot, Gingrich is the only Catholic in the

Yes, I’m aware that the Beltway likes of George Will, E.J. Dionne, and David Brooks have written Huckabee off. And that out there in Little Rock, John Brummett thinks
he’s only in it for the fame and the dough. But back in 2008 Huck lost
the GOP primaries because he couldn’t get Catholics to vote for him. I’m
thinking that he’s looking at those numbers and thinking, Holy Cow!

More from Beliefnet and our partners
Close Ad