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Florida Republicans Like the Idea of Mike Huckabee Running for Governor in 2018

September 7, 2016 - 5:15pm
Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee

With buzz growing that he could run for governor of Florida in 2018, Mike Huckabee can at least count on the support of many Republicans across the Sunshine State. 

After his bid for the Republican presidential nomination back in 2008, Huckabee, who served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, moved to the Florida Panhandle. Getting involved in some Florida races, Huckabee decided to forego running again for president in 2012. Huckabee entered the 2016 presidential race but bowed out after taking 2 percent in Iowa, putting him in ninth place in a state he carried eight years before. 

With speculation growing that he could run for governor of Florida, Huckabee does well with Republican voters in the Sunshine State according to a new poll from Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling (PPP). The poll, which was released on Wednesday, shows 70 percent of Republicans in Florida see Huckabee in a favorable light while only 20 percent see him unfavorably. 

Huckabee does far better with Republicans than other voters in Florida. Almost half of Florida Democrats--46 percent--see Huckabee unfavorably while 18 percent see him as favorable. Voters outside the major parties are more divided with 35 percent of them seeing Huckabee as favorable while 28 percent see him as unfavorable. Overall, Huckabee is seen as favorable by 40 percent of all voters while 30 percent of them see him in an unfavorable light. 

Asked if Huckabee should run for governor in 2018, 42 percent of all voters say no while 32 percent say he should. But half of Florida Republicans--50 percent--say Huckabee should run while 24 percent of them say no. A majority of Florida Democrats--52 percent--think Huckabee should stay out of the race but 21 percent think he should run. Almost half of voters outside the major parties--47 percent--say Huckabee should stay out while almost a quarter of them--24 percent--think he should run. 

The poll of 744 likely voters was taken between Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent. 


Huckabee found his niche with that TV show --it was very interesting , informative and often humorous. He presented a conservative view on current issues and politics. But governor of Florida? NO! He was a big taxer as Arkansas governor --we don't need that here. Gov. Scott has done a great job keeping taxes low and eliminating many regulations. We need another more like him, not Huckabee.

No. What does he know about Florida?

Just about as much as Rick Scott knew when he was first elected! GO HACKABLE< GO TRUMP!!

Great, another outsider like Scott coming in to tell us how we should be doing things in our state...not.

Church and State people!!!!

I would vote for him!

Another religious, science denying Neandratal who brags that he cooks squirrels in the corn popper. Really, people.

Great, let's just parade another 5 to 10 choices to splinter the Republican Party and make it a mess in the race for Governor just like the Presidential Primary one was. Have people not been watching us raise our own Florida Grown Governor, Adam Putnam. He will be special as the the leader of our state. He is not about himself or some my way or the highway agenda. He is truly about solving Florida's problems.

Exactly! Adam Putnam is my choice!!

Well said!!!

Well said!!!

Haven't you people learned ANYTHING about "carpetbaggers"?!?!? Arkansas's "Huggameee" can sit around the campfire continually telling "oldtimey political tales" while Florida's own "Opie" Putnam is Florida's Governor (There's MY "2 cents",.. since "PPP, QUINNIPIAC, ST LEOS, and the rest of the seriously flawed (and overly paid) pollsters NEVER called me...!)

Gov Huckabee would be a wonderful the mold of Reubin Askew, Bob Graham and Jeb Bush!!

At least is an honest man.

What about Putnam?

This is an insanity poll. I'd never vote for him. I feel like this whole election season is an alternate universe. I have no idea who they polled. But, #Putnam2018. There. That's my vote.

BBBBBButtttt, what about MARCO??He'd have to find work at a REAL job!!!! GO TRUMP!!

Would be for Huckabee 100%. Would be great for Florida. No, no to Pam Bondi. She would be worse than Scott if that's possible.


Yes, Scott is! GO TRUMP!!

Good person for Florida.

What a great choice.

I love Mike Huckabee...he would be a wonderful choice.

YES please

Absolutely think that he would make a wonderful Governor. He would have made a great President also!

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