Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the belle of the ball at last weekend’s Freedom Summit, is suddenly the sweetheart of Republicans who plan to participate in the 2016 Iowa caucuses.
Walker zoomed from “Who?” to “Wow!” after his caucus debut in Iowa. Three months ago, 41 percent of likely GOP caucusgoers didn’t know enough about him to offer an opinion. Now, he’s GOP caucusgoers’ top choice for president over 15 other potential candidates, according to the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll.
The poll shows 1 in 4 likely caucusgoers has Walker as their first or second choice for president. Mitt Romney’s announcement that he will not run in 2016 does not shift the landscape much. Walker is still at the top of the heap as caucusgoers’ first choice, followed by Sen. Rand Paul and 2008 caucus winner Mike Huckabee. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are both in single digits.