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article imageDonald Trump tied for GOP lead, birth certificate issue explored

By Michael Krebs     Apr 13, 2011 in Politics
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll reflects a tie among potential Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump, with Trump's popularity riding on President Obama's birth certificate issue.
While President Obama's sister told CNN on Tuesday that the continued elevation of the legitimacy of her brother's birth certificate was "unfortunate," real estate baron and potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could likely connect his White House aspirations to the birth certificate matter.
According to a new poll released on Tuesday by CNN/Opinion Research Corp, Mr. Trump now ties former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for the number one position among the Republican Party's voter base, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.
Trump has not yet assembled an official bid for the White House, but he told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he would "probably" run as an Independent if he did not win a Republican Party nomination.
"I am very conservative," Trump said, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. "The concern is if I don’t win [the GOP primary] will I run as an independent, and I think the answer is probably yes."
Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee
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But Trump's greatest visibility, and likely his most significant recall among potential Republican voters, is his persistent adherence to the questions around President Obama's birth certificate. Trump has raised the matter on numerous occasions, and he has positioned himself into the heart of the topic.
“Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? The fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States,” Trump told CNN, according to a Digital Journal report.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp survey also reflected a doubling in support for Trump since the middle of March. Both Huckabee and Trump now hold a commanding 19 percent share among those surveyed. According to the poll, the Republican candidate list was rounded out as follows: Sarah Palin at 12 percent; Mitt Romney, 11; Newt Gingrich, 11; Ron Paul, 7; and Michele Bachmann, 5.
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