ATLANTA -- An early poll shows a three-way lead for the Republican presidential nomination between Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.
The survey of 883 voters conducted by InsiderAdvantage on Monday for NewsMax has the trio within the 3.2 percent margin of error. Nearly one-fourth of those responding haven’t made up their minds on any candidate so far, 19 months before the election.
Trump leads with 14.3 percent, with Huckabee pulling 14.1 and Romney at 13.5.
Early polls generally reflect name identification as much as preference since few people are willing to support a candidate they don’t know. Trump, a real-estate developer has benefited from regular television appearances, such as his “Apprentice” series. Huckabee and Romney, former governors of Arkansas and Massachusetts respectively, gained national recognition when they each ran for president four years ago. Huckabee also has been a fixture on the Fox cable network.
Two other Fox personalities, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, came next in the poll’s standing. Palin, a former Alaska governor who was the GOP vice presidential nominee two years ago, is the favorite of 11.8 percent. Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia, drew 7.5 percent.
Rounding out the list were Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 6.2 percent, ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota at 5.9 and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels at 2.6.