Huckabee nowhere at SRLC

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There were Ron Paul and Mitt Romney, at the head of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, with 24 percent each, trailed by Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich at 18 percent. And where was Mike Huckabee, sometime favorite of Southern Republicans? Down with the also-rans at 4 percent, just a point ahead of Tim Pawlenty and Mike Pence, and two points ahead of Rick Santorum.

I get it that such polls measure mostly the strength of would-be candidates’ organizations, but it’s still curious that Huckabee should fare so poorly. Or maybe not. The conservative elites who show up for such events didn’t like or trust Huckabee first time around, and evidently they still don’t. But then there’s the grass roots…