Huckabee within 4 in Washington Post/ABC poll. It also shows Thompson moving up to third. I think the latest poll says several things(aside from the obvious that Huckabee is indeed competitive). First, the stepped up attacks on Huckabee on his economic record ( from candidates and third party groups) at this stage seem to be having no effect. Either the arguments haven’t permeated locally yet or voters don’t care or Huckabee has successfully deflected them. Second, does Romney’s early state strategy depend on a big win or any win, no matter how thin a margin of victory, in Iowa? Certainly Huckabee will claim the “moral” victory if he ends within shouting range of Romney. Third, Thompson says he must finish third and he may becoming more competitive with the help of those TV ads. Fourth, McCain is in single digits tied with Ron Paul. Hard to see how this turns out well for him. Fifth, how long before Romney acknowledges he must turn his guns directly on Huckabee and will he risk offending the “nice” voter sentiment in the Hawkeye State? UPDATE: Jonathan Martin has a good take on why Huckabee is rising and what Romney’s challenges are- some which may be fixable and others perhaps more difficult.
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