AP Poll: Huckabee Leaps Into Second
December 7, 2007, 11:05 AM
Rudy Giuliani is still in front in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but Mike Huckabee has zoomed into second.
A new AP-Ipsos national survey puts Giuliani at 26 percent among Republican or Republican-leaning voters and it has Huckabee at 18 percent. The Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor polls eight points higher than just a month ago.
The survey shows his gains are coming largely at the expense of Fred Thompson. It finds Thompson has failed to galvanize the party's right-wing core as much as some had expected.
Huckabee's climb nationally mirrors his upswing in the leadoff state of Iowa. A recent AP-Pew Research Center poll showed him in a virtual tie there with Mitt Romney. Romney trails in the national poll with 13 percent.
Credit for Huckabee's surge goes to evangelicals, Southerners and conservatives.
Huckabee's reaction: "Why not me?"
The Democratic race shows basically no change nationally from last month. AP-Ipsos gives Hillary Clinton a two-to-one lead nationally over Barack Obama.
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