The Iowa Caucus is exactly one month today and the latest poll shows former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is skyrocketing. The new Des Moines Register survey of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa shows Huckabee "has overtaken Mitt Romney and now leads him 29 percent to 24 percent. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani came in third at 13 percent."
More dramatic is Huckabee's rising stock among evangelicals. The former Baptist minister now "leads Romney, 38 percent to 22 percent, among those who call themselves born-again Christians, a group making up half of likely caucus-goers. Romney drew more support than Huckabee from that demographic in October." This cannot be good news to Romney, who has invested millions of his own money in his campaign, which dwarves the Huckabee operation.
Andrew Belonsky at Queerty provides a detailed perspective on the Cinderella run of the formerly unknown governor, noting his "below the radar persona has helped shield him from politically motivated attacks, hile his steady social conservatism gives him the right wing leg up." Huckabee's positions on race and immigration are much more reasonable than fellow Republican presidential colleagues, but, his creationist and fundamentalist biblical views make him solidly anti-gay, even though he has recently softened some of the homophobic rhetoric.
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