AP: Huckabee is tops in conservatives’ straw vote

WASHINGTON — A straw vote suggests former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a favorite among religious conservatives to be president in 2012.

That’s according to a vote held Saturday at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington.

About one-third of the 1,800 registered attendees cast ballots indicating their preference among potential GOP candidates. Huckabee was tops with 28 percent of the vote, which the group calls a straw poll.

Four people tied for second, each with about 12 percent of the vote. They were Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

Those casting ballots also listed their top issues. They were abortion, protection of religious liberties, same-sex marriage and tax cuts.

It’s a completely predictable result given the religious crowd and Huck’s background. It’s also completely meaningless given that we’re still a year from mid-terms. Nevertheless, one can imagine Huckabee is smiling tonight knowing he beat his nemesis Mitt Romney among religious conservatives — again.