The fact that Huckabee is leading polls is actually becoming old news. I’m getting sick of typing his name.
Anyway, here’s the report from Yahoo! News:
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has taken the lead in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Huckabee with 25% of the vote, Mitt Romney with 18% and Fred Thompson with 18%. A month ago, Romney and Thompson were on top.
The latest election poll also shows Rudy Giuliani with 12% of the vote, John McCain with 9%, and Ron Paul with 4%.
It’s not surprising Huckabee is now leading in South Carolina, it’s a heavily evangelical Christian state. However, no candidate had broke out of the 3-way tie until now.
Huckabee, at least for the moment, is carrying out the plan envisioned by the Thompson campaign last summer. He attracts from 37% of Evangelical Christians and 29% of conservatives. Thompson currently earns 20% of the Evangelical vote while Romney is supported by 15%.
While Huckabee leads among conservatives, Romney has a modest edge among the smaller number of political moderates likely to vote in the Primary. Among moderates, it’s Romney 22%, McCain 16%, Huckabee 16%, and Giuliani at 14%.
Fred Thompson is sort of waving in the wind anymore. Sure, he got the Right to Life endorsement but he’s actually been moving down in the polls as Huckabee moves up.
The bottom line is that Republican primary voters got a fever, and the only prescription appears to be more Huckabee. Ron Paul supporters must be physically ill.
But then, as bubbles grow, they can always burst.