MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Since Mike Huckabee landed in New Hampshire before dawn on Friday, the winner of the Iowa Republican caucuses has rarely been seen without actor Chuck Norris at his side.
At Huckabee's only two events since arriving in the Granite State, chants of "Chuck! Chuck! Chuck!" have broken out. Some in the audience have even admitted to showing up just to see the martial arts star.
But New Hampshire voters clearly want to size up the former Arkansas governor and onetime Baptist minister who won in Iowa largely thanks to a substantial evangelical voting bloc - something New Hampshire doesn’t have.
So in a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die," Huckabee has stuck to issues important to local Republicans - like taxes and small government - and has avoided the more socially conservative topics of abortion, gay marriage and faith that were central to his Iowa stump speech.
Huckabee doesn't expect to win in New Hampshire. A survey taken before the Iowa caucus put him in fourth place, and even though he may see a bounce in the polls thanks to the Iowa victory, Huckabee told reporters on the flight from Iowa that he thinks friend and rival John McCain will win the January 8 primary.
- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt