January 3rd, 2008
10:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee, Romney lead GOP delegate count

CNN is projecting this split of Iowa's 37 Republican delegates, based on tonight's results:

Mike Huckabee: 17, Mitt Romney: 12, Fred Thompson: 3, John McCain: 3, Ron Paul: 2

Filed under: Iowa
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Chey

    I respect a person with conviction. I will vote for Huckabee, not based on his religious faith, but his ability to stand for what he believes in. I cannot come to terms with Romney, knowing the background of some mormon practices. I am not a strong religious follower, even in the lightest sense, and I would never choose a president based on those beliefs. Huckabee is reputable and has nothing to prove. We finally have a candidate who can cross the red and blue boundary and can make things happen, we just have to help get him there.

    Chey, North Carolina

    January 3, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  2. ballsOsteel

    Well, it's nice to see all those obnoxious Internet posters for Ron Paul got out and put their money where their mouth is.


    January 3, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  3. Jonathan Seedall

    Do the voters in this country not understand that Mike Huckabee is a walking deciple of George W. Bush? He is John Ashcroft with a bible in hand. If we want this country to move in a positive direction then lets drop Huckabee!

    January 4, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. Jonathan Seedall

    Everybody says that Mitt Romney flip-flops. Ever heard of a politician that does not? Hears a thought, maybe Mitt reviews the facts, sees what the people want and then make a desicion. What a change that would be! It would be a lot better than having the gut feeling of the President make a choice.

    January 4, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. Justin W. Chappell

    Are NH Independent voters now more likely to vote as Republicans supporting John McCain or Democrats supporting Barak Obama?

    January 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Ron Paul's supporters will have a hard time spinning his 10% finish into a victory. They have been predicting for months that the polls were all wrong, but it turns out they were pretty much on target. Paul has been in the 6%-10% range in the polls for a long time and that's where he finished.

    If Paul's Libertarian views don't play in Iowa, where is he going to find supporters? Oklahoma? Wyoming? Libertarianism simply isn't taken seriously by most Americans.

    January 4, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. Stacey, Durham, NC

    It's not so much that Huckabee won, it's that Iowa lost. Poor, poor Iowa.

    January 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  8. Snappy Mc Snap Snap

    Oh snap.

    January 4, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. Rhino

    I was truly amazed at the caucus tonight how much support Fred Thompson got.
    I think we could actually dig up Ronny Reagan and get HIM elected!
    Frankly, I think the strategies are going to pay off – my man John McCain is going to obliterate Romney in New Hampshire, and march the rest of the way to the white house as people begin to understand all the lies that Romney and the others have been weaving about him are just that.
    Romney, you elitist punk – thanks for donating all those millions to the Iowa economy.
    Now go home – where you claim that to be.

    January 4, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  10. Steve, Washington DC

    We didn't expect to beat out Huckabee or Romney in IA....NH is the real contest for the Paul campaign. That is where our fate will be decided!!

    January 4, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  11. Scott Monnin

    Since when has CNN or Iowa got anything right.

    January 4, 2008 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  12. mark wilkes barre pa

    predictable,,,, time will tell the story for Thompson and McCain. Don't give up and pack it in just yet guys

    January 4, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  13. Jason

    Alright, I'm not one of those Ron Paul "spammers" but I did notice that Bill Richardson got to have his name on his 2% piece of the pie while CNN left Ron Paul's 10% piece of the pie(which also included the other 3% for Giuliani)as simply Other.

    Why can't the mainstream media just play fair and let candidates lose and win on their own. There are probably tonnes of e-mails from Ron Paul people about this, but you know what, CNN did it to themselves on this one.

    January 4, 2008 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  14. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    I don't get how Thompson is getting this level of votes. He policies are not that great and he has been lackluster in his campaigning,

    January 4, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  15. That's Reality

    Amazing considering how relatively few $$ Huckabee has spent.

    January 4, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  16. Lori

    People say Romney “lost” Iowa. Huck got 17 delegates and Romney got 12. And the tally moves on to the next state….. Let’s not forget. Reagan lost Iowa. LAST time Iowa picked a winner was 1976 – Jimmy Carter. Let the Huck crowd celebrate. It won’t last much longer.

    January 4, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  17. Tyrone - Its a perfect tie

    Thompson and Romeny got 39% together.
    McCain and Huckabee got 39% togethter.

    McCain has made it obvious he is running for vice President and wants Huckabee to win.

    The democrats seem to be saying hey which of our 3 dogs has the least fleas and in the land of the democratic blind the one eyed man is king.

    Repulicans seem to have more stability to their veiw where the dangerous positions the democrats are taking just do not fit the real world.

    Hillary and Rudy are out of it.

    January 4, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  18. Jacob, Lexington MA

    The key to the entire night: (found on CNN website) "In Iowa, entrance polls of caucus-goers showed that 3 out of every 5 Republicans were self-described born again or evangelical Christians. Huckabee beat Romney by better than 2-to-1 in this voting bloc. Among the rest of Iowa's Republican electorate, however, Huckabee finished a distant fourth behind Romney, McCain and Fred Thompson."

    Good luck Mike somehow getting those evangelical Christian votes in New Hampshire next week.

    January 4, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  19. Wade Enns

    The Hill-Billy camp looked stupid in their green scarfs.

    There is enough real problems and threats facing America that we need to deal with. Hillary's rightous attitude and chip on her sholder and talk to the electorate like their stupid means she is out of it, just not interested in your campaign of smoke and mirrors.

    January 4, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  20. Janice Cat lover

    I vote for the best person in the White House not by parties.

    But I can say I am warming up to Mitt Romney and Huckabee they both seem like they would be good safe Presidents.

    With all due respect the three Democratic candidates seem to have a weak field and Iwould not risk one of them in the white house.

    January 4, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  21. Justin, Burlington MA

    What Iowa does show is that people can and do base their preference for a President based on their religion. People can decide to vote for a person based on any factor, none of which are inherently wrong. It's funny: this couldn't be done in business hiring practices, that would be downright bigotry. But to do it when 'hiring' a person to the most important position in the country, people feel no qualms about it. Iowa feels like they're hiring a 'pastor-in-chief' rather than a 'commander-in-chief'. Sad outcome really. Huckabee is way down on my list as a potentially good president – send him back home to be a good preacher.

    January 4, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  22. Lisa

    After failing to convince Iowa that he is his party's "only true conservative"; he is now on his mission to convince New Hampshire that he is his party's true moderate who can deliver the independent and democrat votes in a general election. Gee, how is he going to do that?

    Fiscal conservatives express concern about Huckabee – what about Romney's spending without results? Only goes to show that throwing money on a problem isn't going to solve the problem. Republicans have a problem with Romney, money isn't going to fix it.

    January 4, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  23. vish

    Haha, Huckabee winning is a democrats dream! does everyone know that this man didn't graduate from a prestigeous university! do you really want to give him the most prestigeous and difficult position in the United States political system? At least Romney and Obama went to credible ivy league schools which actually measure the aptitude a person has rather than some garbage southern school that no one has heard of! Thats all this country needs, an uneducated pastor as President, that won't divide the country any more than it already is right...no of course not, that would be the best solution for the war of islamic terror, having a christian pastor as our president. Fortunately for America, he won't win because people will come to their senses soon.

    January 4, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Annie

    To Janice Cat lover,

    Who do you think you are fooling? With all due respect to the three Democratic candidates, Janice Cat lover is more than likely a republican and would never vote for a Democrat. No loss here, Dems!!!

    You should support Romney because you seem to be more like him.

    January 4, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Eric

    The Democrats have a weak field? With all due respect, I wouldn't trust Mitt, Huck, Rudy, Grandpa Fred or the rest of the Republican stooges to sit the proper way on a toilet.

    January 4, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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