Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.National Journal

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Q: Did former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee make the right decision in skipping the Conservative Political Action Conference and instead campaigning in South Carolina and Tennessee?

DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES)

Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Yes: 51%No: 49%

Yes

"CPAC will get over it—he's way beyond needing to prove his bona fides to that crowd. And he shows a bit of spunk—with no disrespect—in doing it."

"Having won before, Huckabee didn't have anything to prove."

"Absolutely! Go where you know you can win, and maybe upset the early favorites."

No

"That is an important room of insiders and donors."

"He's only got one path, and it leads straight through CPAC."

"These folks need to love him, and he stiffed them."

"CPAC offers a national forum to the far-fringe Right—Huckabee has more competition in that group than ever. Ya gotta go, Mike."

Q: Did former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee make the right decision in skipping the Conservative Political Action Conference and instead campaigning in South Carolina and Tennessee?

REPUBLICANS (86 VOTES)

Yes: 49%No: 51%

Yes

"His CPAC credentials are fine. He needs to expand his reach."

"CPAC is a gathering of far-right consultants, most of whom work out of D.C. The real conservative grassroots is outside the Beltway."

"Go where the votes are."

"Huckabee has appeal, but he's been overtaken by a new crop of candidates. He's wise to avoid comparisons that would not be helpful to him."

"CPAC has outlived its usefulness. It is increasingly a gathering of the strange and weird."

"If Huckabee raised some money, the trip was worth it. If not, he missed out on recruiting true believers."

"CPAC has seen its better days. It is no longer an accurate barometer of where the race is among conservatives."

No

"His absence just says, 'I take you for granted, Iowa.' Not a good plan with such a strong field of candidates."

"He's gotta face the fiscal conservatives that have questions, sooner or later."

"Folks won't remember where he went instead. He should have been there. Optics matter."

"I don't think Huckabee 2.0 will do as well as 2008, but he can go to South Carolina and Tennessee anytime. Free media from CPAC is only available once a year."

"Mistake. He can't take his base for granted."

"You need eyeballs to raise dollars, and the eyeballs are on CPAC right now."

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Q: Did former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee make the right decision in skipping the Conservative Political Action Conference and instead campaigning in South Carolina and Tennessee?

DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES)

Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Yes: 51%No: 49%

Yes

"CPAC will get over it—he's way beyond needing to prove his bona fides to that crowd. And he shows a bit of spunk—with no disrespect—in doing it."

"Having won before, Huckabee didn't have anything to prove."

"Absolutely! Go where you know you can win, and maybe upset the early favorites."

No

"That is an important room of insiders and donors."

"He's only got one path, and it leads straight through CPAC."

"These folks need to love him, and he stiffed them."

"CPAC offers a national forum to the far-fringe Right—Huckabee has more competition in that group than ever. Ya gotta go, Mike."

Q: Did former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee make the right decision in skipping the Conservative Political Action Conference and instead campaigning in South Carolina and Tennessee?

REPUBLICANS (86 VOTES)

Yes: 49%No: 51%

Yes

"His CPAC credentials are fine. He needs to expand his reach."

"CPAC is a gathering of far-right consultants, most of whom work out of D.C. The real conservative grassroots is outside the Beltway."

"Go where the votes are."

"Huckabee has appeal, but he's been overtaken by a new crop of candidates. He's wise to avoid comparisons that would not be helpful to him."

"CPAC has outlived its usefulness. It is increasingly a gathering of the strange and weird."

"If Huckabee raised some money, the trip was worth it. If not, he missed out on recruiting true believers."

"CPAC has seen its better days. It is no longer an accurate barometer of where the race is among conservatives."

No

"His absence just says, 'I take you for granted, Iowa.' Not a good plan with such a strong field of candidates."

"He's gotta face the fiscal conservatives that have questions, sooner or later."

"Folks won't remember where he went instead. He should have been there. Optics matter."

"I don't think Huckabee 2.0 will do as well as 2008, but he can go to South Carolina and Tennessee anytime. Free media from CPAC is only available once a year."

"Mistake. He can't take his base for granted."

"You need eyeballs to raise dollars, and the eyeballs are on CPAC right now."

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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