A Huckabee result would certainly damage the Romney’s early state strategy but he certainly could win NH on his own where his poll numbers have held up. With a NH win he could live to fight on. But a Huckabee win by no means solely benefits Rudy. Multiple scenarios could unfold: 1) Thompson collapses allowing Romney to collect votes and mount a comeback in SC; 2) Romney’s momentum is halted, allowing McCain to breakthrough in NH and become the consensus conservative candidate( satisfying economic, soical and fiscal conservative); or 3) Huckabee’s win actually helps Huckabee -sometimes we overthink- and he becomes the Rudy alternative. Now it is also true that preventing Romney from “running the table” helps Rudy but only if you believe there are only two possible nominees do you think Huckabee’s win is a win ONLY for Rudy. I have never bought into the two man race theory so I am left with a very obvious conclusion: a Romney loss is bad for him and good for those rivals who manage to do well themselves.