Real Estate tycoon Donald Trump trailed only Mitt Romney as the frontrunner for the 2012 presidential nomination according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released Wednesday.
Among Republican primary voters, “The Donald” tied for second with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 17 percent behind Romney’s 21 percent. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich polled at 11 percent, just ahead of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee who was chosen by 10 percent of those polled.
Others mentioned in the poll were former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who was chosen by 6 percent of respondents, and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, who received support from 5 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was at 3 percent and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour trailed the field with 1 percent.
Trump has been flirting with a bid for president since October when he announced his interest on Fox News Channel.