Trump tied for lead in national poll

CNN has a new national poll out which puts Donald Trump tied for the lead in the Republican presidential primary. In other words, there’s a good chance that the Republican Party will be as dead as whatever it is that is glued to The Donald’s head.

Donald Trump is now tied with Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked who they support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to a new national poll.

Nineteen percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents questioned in the poll say that as of now, they’d be most likely to support Trump for next year’s GOP presidential nomination. Trump says he’ll decide by June whether he runs for the White House. An equal amount say they’d back Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate says he’ll decide by later this year if he’ll make another bid for the White House.

Twelve percent say they’d support former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, who was the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, with 11 percent backing former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 White House hopeful Mitt Romney and the same amount supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Seven percent say they are backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, another 2008 presidential candidate, with five percent supporting Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who enjoys strong backing from many in the Tea Party movement. Everyone else registers in the low single digits.

The running order is Trump, Huckabee, Palin, Romney, Gingrich, Ron Paul and Bachmann.

Trump has done a great job getting his name in the news over the last month, largely through an outlandish foray into Birtherism. Combine that with his reality tv show celebrity and I find it hard to believe that most of this isn’t just about whose name GOP primary voters have heard the most often. Of course that doesn’t diminish the challenge Trump poses to the professional political field (nor does his statement that he will likely run as an independent if he doesn’t win the GOP nomination).

Matt Browner-Hamlin is a blogger & political strategist based in Washington, DC. He has written about US politics since 2004. He's worked on presidential and Senate campaigns, in the labor movement and the Tibetan independence movement. He is the founder of and currently spends much of his time fighting Wall Street banks. Matt on Google+, and his .

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