New CNN GOP Presidential Poll: No Frontrunner, Ron Paul in Double Digits (And Closest to Obama)


Tonight is the first presidential race debate of the season in South Carolina, which Fox will be airing live at 9 pm eastern. CNN released a poll today showing no one above 20 percent, and Mike Huckabee on top with 16. Six points behind him at 10 percent is that supposedly unelectable obscurity, Ron Paul. (Margin of error is 3 percent.)

Most interesting is the general election matchup between whoever from the GOP and Obama. (Note: the telephone poll happened before the Bin Laden news):

Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, who also ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and who is well liked by many in the tea party movement, trails the president by only seven points (52 to 45 percent) in a hypothetical general election showdown. Huckabee trails by eight points, with Romney down 11 points to Obama.

I've written quite a bit about Rep. Paul over the years.