Mike Huckabee, winner of the 2008 Iowa precinct caucuses and leader in a new poll of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, will be back in Iowa Tuesday.
Huckabee, the host of “Huckabee” in Fox News Channel, will speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring KickOff April 8 at Point of Grace Church, 305 NE Dartmoor Dr., Waukee. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 pm.
Steve Scheffler, coalition president, said he expects a standing room only crowd of more than 400 to hear from Huckabee as well as Ralph Reed, National Faith & Freedom Coalition chairman, State Auditor Mary Mosiman, and master of ceremonies and GOP candidate for secretary of state Paul Pate of Cedar Rapids.
In a recent poll by WPA Opinion Research, Huckabee led a hypothetical 2016 GOP field with support of 14 percent of those surveyed. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul polled 10 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each took 8 percent in the poll that found that more than a quarter of voters were undecided.
Rep. Paul Ryan, who will speak at the Republican Party of Iowa Lincoln Dinner in Cedar Rapids April 11, polled 7 percent. He was tied by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. New Jersey Gov. Christie polled 6 percent and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, winner of the 2012 caucuses, received 5 percent of the vote. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal each polled 4 percent.
Later this week, 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will keynote the Iowa GOP’s annual Lincoln Dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Cedar Rapids. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner and a program at 7 p.m.