Poll: Huckabee surging, Bush stalling

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Support for a Mike Huckabee 2016 presidential run is surging, according to a new poll.

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The former Arkansas governor leads the field of possible GOP candidates for the next presidential election in a new CNN/ORC poll.

He garnered 16 percent support from Republican adults, a double-digit rise in support. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also saw a jump in support, with 11 percent saying they would support him, up from 4 percent.

Other potential candidates seemed to be stalling as the race for the nomination heats up. Fourteen percent said they supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, down 9 percentage points from a previous poll. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie garnered only 7 percent, a 6-percentage point drop.

Bush has been open in recent months about his interest in a presidential campaign, traveling around the country to raise his profile. He will speak Wednesday on foreign policy at an event in Chicago.

Huckabee has been a regular in the media as well, as he tours the country to promote his new book.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to dominate the field, according to the poll. Sixty-one percent said that they would support her for president, with Vice President Biden coming in second with 14 percent. Ten percent said they would support Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

While Clinton is preparing to launch a presidential campaign, neither Biden nor Warren is seen as making active preparations for a run. Warren has said outright that she is not running for president.

The poll had a total sample of 1,027 adults, with 436 Republicans and 475 Democrats, and was conducted Feb. 12-15. Its margin of error for the subsets of Republicans and Democrats was 4.5 percentage points.

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