Guy Benson
The hint:

Former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee still is mulling another run at the White House.

"I'm not ruling it out. And that's not a yes, but it's definitely not a no," Huckabee told WHO radio's Steve Deace

"The honest answer is: I'm keeping it open as an option, I'm looking at whether or not there's a pathway to victory," he added. "As I've told several people, I'm not jumping into a pool when there's no water in it."

The early polls:

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday also indicates that at the unofficial start of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the field of possible contenders appears wide open with no front-runner.

Twenty-one percent of Republicans say they would most likely support 2008 GOP White House candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, according to the poll.

In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, Huckabee leads Obama 52 - 44 percent, while Romney has a 50-45 point advantage, which is within the poll's sampling error. Obama holds a 49-47 percent margin over Gingrich.


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