Rasmussen: Giuliani 20%, Huckabee second at 17% nationally – Video added

Here’s the scoop straight from the source:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Giuliani with 20% support nationwide while Huckabee attracts 17%. Fred Thompson is at 14%, John McCain at 13% and Mitt Romney at 11%. Ron Paul attracts 7% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide and no other Republican candidate reaches 2% (see recent daily numbers). During the past week, three events—a debate, an endorsement, and Huck-a-mania—have created new challenges and uncertainties for the GOP frontrunners.

Rasmuseen is the first to release polling following the CNN/YouTube Republican debate and the first to get into December. Over the next few days we’ll see if this trend holds up.

For the break down, here’s the new numbers as they stand according to Rasmussen nationally for the Republican nomination:

Giuliani – 20%
Huckabee – 17%
Thompson – 14%
McCain – 13%
Romney – 11%

Furthermore, Rasmussen also released another poll showing that in a head-to-head match with Hillary Clinton, Huckabee’s down by a point which of course is basically a tie within the margin of error.

Update

Here’s a video report from CNN:

Of course, as with Fred Thompson’s rise, with increased popularity comes increased scrutiny. However, don’t expect any from the Giuliani campaign toward Huckabee, according to the Telegraph:

Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican frontrunner, and Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor now surging up the party’s rankings, are pursuing an unofficial non-aggression pact as they try to knock rivals out of the race for the presidential nomination.

In the week that the battle for the Republican nomination turned ugly in a bad-tempered televised debate, the former New York mayor and the ex-Arkansas governor have been at pains not to knock each other, according to campaign insiders.

They may need each other come the general election. In which order, who knows.