With one year to go before the first votes are cast in the 2012 presidential primaries, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee holds a narrow advantage nationally for the party nod, with Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney close behind, according to a new ABC-Washington Post poll.
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Among a crowded hypothetical field of 14 candidates, Huckabee came out on top with 21%, though Palin and Romney were close on his heels at 19% and 17%, respectively. The poll has a margin of error of 5.5%, meaning the three front runners are locked in a statistical dead heat.
Beyond those top three candidates, the tallies drop off significantly, with no other candidate breaking into double digits. Newt Gingrich placed fourth at 9%, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (8%) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (3%). Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, and Tim Pawlenty tied at 2% each, while Haley Barbour, Jon Huntsman, Jim DeMint, and Rick Santorum all garnered 1%. John Thune polled under 1%.