We asked readers whom they would vote for if the primary was held today.
Obviously, while voters were only allowed to vote once, this was far from a scientific poll. Instead, it was simply an opportunity to see where readers of 3BP stand. Why does that interest me? Well, if you're reading this blog, you're very likely more interested and informed than the average GOP primary voter and have invested more time into learning about potential presidential candidates than most have at this point. With that in mind, it's a fun exercise to see where candidates stand among those that have gotten to know them already.
So with that said, who won, and who surprised?
The top six vote getters were the following:
- Mitch Daniels - 24%
- Chris Christie - 18%
- Mitt Romney - 11%
- Sarah Palin - 11%
- Haley Barbour - 8%
- Newt Gingrich - 8%
Chris Christie's early success in New Jersey clearly has apparently inspired many of my readers. But is it too early for him to make the jump? Very likely the answer to that is yes. The guy is going to have his hands full with New Jersey for quite some time. Putting together an organization and making the jump while still in his first term would be a mighty chore, and he's also shown no interest in even trying to give it a shot.
The surprise? How far back Mike Huckabee finished. He only pulled in 2% of the vote.
We'll try this again down the road. Thanks for participating, everyone!