November 16th, 2007
10:59 AM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee gets more good news in Iowa

Huckabee continues to get good news out of Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new Iowa poll indicates Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is nearly tied for first with rival Mitt Romney, the latest in a string of Hawkeye State polls showing good news for the former Arkansas governor.

Huckabee draws support from 24 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers in a new Des Moines Register poll released Friday. That puts him only 2 percentage points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson are tied in third place with 11 percent. Arizona Sen. John McCain is only slightly behind with 10 percent.

But with 48 days to go before the January 3 caucus, the poll also found 13 percent of Republicans are completely undecided.

On the Democratic side, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is at 27 percent, holding a 6 point lead over both Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and a 7 point lead over former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson draws 12 percent

The poll surveyed 1200 likely caucus-goers, 600 from each party, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

- CNN Political Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. baxter, austin, tx

    i think its gonna be a giuliani/huckabee ticket in 2008. if that is the case, i dont see any the dnc winning next year. Go rudy, go mike!!!! God bless America

    November 17, 2007 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  2. James, Maui Hawaii

    Mike's track record, ideas, drive, open mindedness, and compassion for people of all walks of life is exactly what we need. Huckabee is impressive. He really sets the bar. Huckabee vs Clinton 2008.

    November 17, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  3. DT, Comstock Park, MI

    Be realistic. Huckabee is not electable. He may have what it takes but that has nothing to do with political reality. Remember who is leading on the Democratic side!!!! Unless you want Clinton in the office then you go with who can win. I have yet to see anyone on either side to address the hard issues (S.S, Medicare, etc.) so I am left with less of two evils.

    If all of us voted like you did, then the only candidates with any chance of "winning" would be the ones that news organizations tell us are topping the polls.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but I'll continue to vote for who I believe is the best choice for America, not whomever happens to be leading the polls at a given moment.

    November 17, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Marcus, Detroit MI

    Go Mike!!!

    November 17, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. laurinda,ny

    I don't care what anyone else thinks. I still say that he looks like a grown up version of the Gerber baby. I bet he was that baby on those little jars.

    November 17, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. monique alponte, tucson, az

    There's a lot of paranoid and hateful comments in here, one even having the gall to call Huckabee a "hate monger?" Come on.

    Besides the fact that Mike Huckabee served the people as a humble pastor for many years, a selfless and thankless job, as far as money goes. He spent many days and nights giving of himself, his life and his own money helping other people on the brink of suicide, homeless, and broken families and marriages. Without cost and receiving no reimbursement whatsoever.

    I'd like to know, what have YOU personally done, let's say in the last 6 months, for anyone but yourself? When's the last time you volunteered your services for free without any payback, recognition doesn't count? When is the last time you went without, so someone else could eat or clothe themselves?

    Mike Huckabee helped 60,000 Katrina victims without cameras or fanfare and so much more. He doesn't just say he will help the American people, he actually DOES.

    Here’s just one of the letters I received of the thousands Mike Huckabee helped:

    Dribus, Ben 11/14/2007 08:40 PM I live in Louisiana and when my family evacuated for Hurricane Katrina, Mike welcomed us and tens of thousands of other evacuees in Arkansas, mobilizing the national guard without a thought to whether the feds would reimburse his state. This was while FEMA and our own Louisiana politicians were engaged in turf wars and hand-wringing. I think this episode is worth mentioning; it highlights both his compassion and his quick response to crises.

    These are not the actions of a hate monger. However, your comments, on the other hand, ARE typical of one.

    November 17, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Wendy, Cincinnati, OH

    Evangelicals you are getting a bit of your own medicine as you try and defend Mike Huckabee. I hurt for you, and fear that you might have pointed at the mote in another's eye not seeing the beam in your own.

    November 17, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. LJ , Arkansas

    Can someone tell me why the DEMS think we all want govt healthcare...I won't even eat govt cheese. It's all about the pandering. Can someone brakdown that 40 million that don't have it....12m illegal (&$*# political correctness) aliens, 15m haven't applied, 10m are college students, the DEMS want to control all aspects of our lives starting with the 1st amendment and working their way down...who knows... Al Gore will regulate our toilet paper consumption.

    November 18, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. Charlie Houston, TX

    I don't like Huckabee's speaking style. His speech sounds delibertly like a soothsayer to appeal to emotions. He panders with a folksy style so he sounds more down to earth but it sounds similiar to what other politicians have said.

    Beyond style I disagree with his substance on two key issues the war and the economy. The war is a mistake and needs to end, not perpetuated for "honor." Have a better reason than that panderer. Also, the economy will continue to be cripple by a large govt debt which all his war and socialist programs will not help.

    Thirdly, giving our government too much authority for moral issues from a "pastor-president" is not freedom and dangerous. A govt that is pro-christian values can become pro-antichristian values in a second. Don't legislate morality. Separation of church and state.

    November 18, 2007 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  10. Lee Packer, Chicago, Illinois

    The vehement animosity directed toward Christians now on a regular basis, and the general gracious response of Christians is encouraging to me. There is absolutely nothing wrong or un-American with an Evangelical running for office. We have had three Baptists as presidents: Truman, Carter, and Clinton. Huckabee would be the first Baptist Republican president, however.
    Evangelical Christians have been attracted to the Republican Party's platform for several reasons: their stance against abortion, the "less government" rhetoric, the strong defense and support to the military issue, and the general unsettledness of the Democratic Party. Evangelicals are, I believe, as much appalled and frightened by the Democrats as they are attracted to the Republicans.
    I am one Evangelical who is concerned that the priorities of the church are being hi-jacked to some degree by the Republican Party. Support for the war, for example, has nothing to do with the basic tenets of Christianity. While many of us support our troops, we do not all support the war. Not because we thought that Hussein was good, but because it is not an effective means to achieve the goal of regional peace. Our presence there is not making things better.
    I am also a pastor who wonders why someone like Huckabee who at one time pastored would think that politics was a higher calling. He has developed the folksy, gracious, but clear way of communicating that is most effective for pastors.
    I also believe that he and his wife will experience a very rude awakening in the general election. The secular press will try to devour them - the Democrats don't have to officially do anything - the press will do it for them.
    But Huckabee is more pallatable than any other Republican candidate, at least he appears so at present. Ron Paul is just strange and whiney. Fred Thompson doesn't care - not sure why he is bothering with running, though he probably would have made a fine president. Romney is, well, weird. Giuliani is New Yorker tough - an admirable quality but he's probably not likeable enough to sell in the heartland.
    Should Huckabee gain the nomination, he probably won't be able to pull off the election against Obama or Hillary, but he probably coould beat Edwards.

    December 12, 2007 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  11. carrie


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