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Mike Huckabee Watch: Rudy and Huckabee Tied in Latest Reuters/Zogby National GOP Poll


Huck a Boom Boom screams Matt Drudge as Huckabee zooms to a national GOP poll tie with Rudy Giuliani.

Mike Huckabee has surged into a virtual tie with front-runner Rudy Giuliani in the national 2008 Republican presidential race two weeks before the first contest, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas whose campaign has caught fire in recent weeks, wiped out an 18-point deficit in one month to pull within one point of Giuliani, 23 percent to 22 percent.

The Poll:

  • Rudy – 23% (29%, 11-14 thru 11-17)
  • Mike Huckabee – 22% (11%)
  • Mitt Romney – 16% (9%)
  • Fred Thompson – 13% (15%)
  • John McCain – 12% (9%)
  • Ron Paul – 4% (5%)

The poll was taken last Wednesday to Friday. It surveyed 436 likely Democratic primary voters and 432 likely Republican primary voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points for both parties.

Actually, the Rasmussen Presidential Daily tracking poll has shown Mike Huckabee in the lead or within the margin of error for a week or so. Those poll numbers are here.

This race remains extremely fluid and Mike Huckabee has continued to boom despite weathering massive media attacks from Mitt Romney. And, the right blogosphere attacks on Huckabee (led by the National Review who has endorsed Mitt Romney) have been compared to the ones unleashed on Harriet Miers’ appointment by President Bush to the United States Supreme court.

Will the HUCK start to fade under these attacks? Or have GOP voters decided they want a candidate not dictated by the pundits and inside baseball folks?

Also, note that Fred Thompson and John McCain are not that far behind in the pack now that Rudy has fallen/collapsed.

Stay tuned……


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4 thoughts on “Mike Huckabee Watch: Rudy and Huckabee Tied in Latest Reuters/Zogby National GOP Poll

  1. I don’t trust a Zogby poll, but the race has closed ( like on the Democrat side ). I see that Rudy will spend Friday and the weekend in New Hampshire, and then onto to Florida after Christmas.

    The way things look now, I think Rudy’s strategy of winning Florida and the big states on Feb.5 makes the most sense. I just hope it works.

    Your thoughts?

  2. The race has closed and it is fluid.

    Rudy’s strategy of winning the large states has always been the correct one for him.

    Now, whether it gains him the nomination that remains to be seen. But, I would rather be leading in the national polls than be behind like Romney or Thompson.

    This will be the last Presidential primary season where small states will provide momentum to later large state contests. In 2012 there will be a number of regional primary dates established by the national party. The present day system is finished – and thanks goodness for that.

    1. Glad to hear that the primary schedule will change in 20012. Hopefully, there will not be early state momentum this year with the compressed schedule. I don’t see voters in states like Florida, New York and California being influenced by Iowa and New Hampshire. However, I guess this is the big question.

      1. Romney is basing his entire campaign on the momentum factor since he has trailed for months in the national poll numbers.

        The big states this year have revolted against the current system by moving their primaries up in the schedule.

        I doubt Californians will be influenced by what happens in Iowa. I just don’t see how the demographics line up.

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