Mike Huckabee: Iowa will be OUR First Victory!

Poll: Huckabee surges to lead in Iowa
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has surged to a 12-point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Republicans in Iowa, and he leads in South Carolina, too, according to a new series of state-by-state polls for McClatchy and MSNBC.

With strong support from Iowa's evangelical Christians, Huckabee leads Romney, who had led there until the past few weeks, by 32 percent to 20 percent. Iowa voters will caucus Jan. 3.

In New Hampshire, which votes Jan. 8, Romney holds a 25 percent to 17 percent lead over former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but two weeks ago, his average lead in surveys was 16 points. Arizona Sen. John McCain has rebounded to 16 percent there.

Huckabee now holds a lead in South Carolina as well, although it's within the survey's margin of error.