Another poll of the potential Republican presidential contenders for 2012 shows Mitt Romney trailing Mike Huckabee among Republican voters, 25 percent to 23 percent, casting further doubt on the front runner status afforded Romney at this early stage in the game.
The poll, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling (PPP), shows Romney essentially tied with Huckabee, Newt Gingrich (21 percent) and Sarah Palin (20 percent), with Ron Paul (8 percent) also in the mix.
"The Republican field for 2012 is about as muddled as it could be right now,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “All of the leading potential candidates are earning about the same amount of support right now, and that crowded pack leaves a lot of room for other candidates to become viable contenders between now and a year from now when the campaign will start to really heat up."
Despite Romney's superiority in fundraising and his constant efforts touring the country, speaking at conservative events, and endorsing Republicans in races across the country, recent polling shows Romney's vulnerability in the current political environment.
Last week, Republican voters in Utah overwhelmingly rejected a Romney ally, Senator Bob Bennett, at the state GOP nominating convention.
Anti-incumbent fever, powered by the tea party movement on the right, could make 2012 a very difficult race for an establishment Republican like Romney.