2012 Republican election is most wide-open GOP race in 50 years: Gallup

March 8th, 2011 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Sarah Palin Washington, Mar.8 (ANI): The Republican presidential contest for 2012 is going to be most wide open GOP race in 50 years, according to Gallup analysis.

For more than half-a-century, the race for the Republican presidential nomination has always featured a clear front-runner at this point in the campaign, but it is not the same this time.

Early Republican front-runners in past contests have had good odds, and have gone on to win the nomination in 8 out of 10 competitive Republican races since 1952.

Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee has a slim lead among other Republican and Republican-leaning voters with 18 percent of the vote.

Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney got16 percent votes each.

According to The Politico, the 2008 election is the only case surveyed by Gallup in which the eventual nominee gained front-runner status late in the campaign cycle.

In most elections, the nominee had netted that status by March.

The analysis pointed out that the 2012 field’s deviation from the familiar pattern of nominating the heir apparent could have consequences for fundraising and party cohesion beyond the race for the nomination. (ANI)

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