Huckabee continues Iowa upswing … Support triples since late July

Conservatives lift GOP candidate in new poll

 By William L. Watts, MarketWatch Last Update: 12:05 PM ET Nov 21, 2007

 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee can be thankful for strong support among Christian conservatives, which has propelled him within striking distance of longtime Iowa frontrunner Mitt Romney according to a new poll of likely Republican presidential caucus-goers.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll published Wednesday showed Huckabee has tripled his support since late July, propelling him past former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. View the poll results.

The first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses are set for Jan. 3.

The survey showed Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with the backing of 28% of Iowa Republicans, with Huckabee at 24%. That marks a gain of two percentage points for Romney since a July survey and a 16-point surge for Huckabee.

Thompson’s support stood at 15%, while Giuliani was at 13% — both little changed since July. McCain stood at 6% and was tied with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who rose from 2% in July. Read the rest of the article here.



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