Huckabee Continues to Rise

Watching the polls for the fast approaching Republican primaries have been exciting. Huckabee’s has been in the midst of an incredible surge since late November. In fact, I was planning on posting something about his success in the beginning of December! But his surge continues. Here are a few staggering statistics.

One of many campaign speeches across the US

Among Republicans, Huckabee leads nationally with 22%; Guliani is at 19%, Romney 14%, Thompson 12%, and McCain 11%. This lead has been clear for the past few days. Compare these numbers with November 15: Huckabee 11% and Guliani 28%. This is a nice jump for one month! Also among national statistics, it is interesting to note that Huckabee is in first place for bing “the most presidential” of the 5 leading GOP hopefuls.

The key state of Iowa also shows amazing statistics. From polls gathered from December 7 to 13, Huckabee leads Romney 34% to 23%. This is noteworthy because Romney has spent over 10 times as much money in Iowa as Huckabee has. This brings significance to something Florida Sen. Daniel Webster told me during a conversation last week: Romney is the most likely candidate to drop out of the presidential race because of his soft, or changeable, support. People are beginning to see in Huckabee what they are really looking for in a President.

The newest story comes from Florida. 27% of state GOP Primary goers would vote for Huckabee; 23% would vote for Romney, 19% for Guliani, and only 9% for Thompson. This is a real threat to Guliani’s plan for coming out strong during the secondary primaries and caucuses.

Much of Thompson’s support is being transferred to Huckabee. In South Carolina, Huckabee leads at 24% with Romney and Thompson at 17%, according to CNN polls. The tide has turned since September when Thompson was leading 24% to 12% over Huckabee.

Yes, Huckabee is making big numbers but his campaign still needs lots of prayer. Despite weeks of campaigning, the percentages in New Hampshire are still very low. Nationally, there is a vast amount of ground to cover and criticism to conquer. Though he reached his November goal of over 2 million dollars as well as the 1.1 million goal for Deceber 15th, he still lags in monetary reserves. Therefore, I have been praying for him in three specific ways. One, that he would not compromise his faith to gain approval; second, that the new wave of criticism would work against itself by unifying the campaign and bringing in inquisitive voters; and third, that he would have wisdom and thriftiness in making decisions in his campaign strategy. If the Lord wills, Huckabee can win in 2008!


  1. Michael December 16, 2007 at 10:53 am #

    Wow, James, that is good news! We will certainly continue praying for Mike and his campaign. What you said in this post is truly significant for me because ever since Nov. 5 I have been praying according to Judges 5:31 that as he loves Jehovah, he would be as the sun going forth in his might, rising to outshine all the other lights in the sky. The Lord is doing it.

  2. Daniel December 17, 2007 at 1:26 pm #

    Praise the Lord! We have just been sitting back with our mouths wide open at the stunning statistics. BTW, Florida Senator Webster must have been excited about the opportunity to talk with James Staddon! 🙂

  3. Donald December 17, 2007 at 4:20 pm #

    Thank you again for the update. It’s good to know you’ve been able to continue posting from Chicago, James. Our team watched the debates online over YouTube a while ago and were glad to see the way Huckabee has been able to think through answers, relax during heated discussions and communicate what he knows is right. Despite his lead, the race is still not to the swift but to the true and the faithful. I’ll continue praying with you, Michael, and everyone!

  4. James December 18, 2007 at 9:55 am #

    Great comments, everyone. I appreciate the way you look at situations through the perspective of Scripture, the ultimate truth.

    I found out today that Huckabee is also doing well in comparison to the Democratic races. A head-to-head Huckabee vs. Clinton survey shows Huckabee leading in Ohio, a key state in 2004. Huckabee also takes first place in Missouri 45% to 43% over Clinton.

    God will bless America if we bless God!

  5. Tim Robnett December 31, 2007 at 3:18 pm #

    In reading through your political blog I am unclear why you support Huckabee. Based on everything else I see on your site you would be characterized by almost anyone, by any standard, as being pro-family. Based on the fact that you home school it would appear you also favor limited government especially in areas of how you choose to raise your children.

    Huckabee has been quite clear with the public that he opposes both of these values. He agreed publicly with the Supreme Court when it ruled sodomy is a Constitutional Right. Normal people cannot find that in the constitution anywhere and every Christian leader in America was decrying that ruling while Huckabee stated he agreed with it. In my mind there is nothing pro-family about two consenting men in a bedroom behind closed doors.

    Furthermore, his plan to address obesity and smoking do more than just border on socialism. While gluttony is a sin, I do not believe that situation will be solved by another big brother government program. Oddly enough Huckabee appears to believe it is a problem to eat fried foods in the privacy of your home but what adults do in the bedroom is protected by the Constitution.

    With the exception of abortion Huckabee is arguably the most liberal of all the Republican candidates. His views on immigration, welfare for people in the US illegally, expansion of taxes, and the role of government are further to the left than Jimmy Carter. Carter was an ordained minister as well who believed in God and wasn’t afraid to say so; that did/does not make him a great leader.

    I do not see a single candidate that I can get truly excited about but Huckabee genuinely scares me. In my mind a vote for Huckabee would take us back to the days of Bill Clinton in many regards.

    God bless.

  6. Robert January 3, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    Hello Tim!

    Thanks for your comment! I greatly appreciate you honestly sharing your thoughts and concerns. You are definitely right about us being very pro-family. That’s why we support Huckabee. He believes that “Our true strength doesn’t come from our military or our gross national product, it comes from our families.”

    I’m not quite sure where you’re coming from on the sodomy issue. I’ve heard Huckabee speak in person and he has always been very clear on where he stands: “I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life. No other candidate has supported traditional marriage more consistently and steadfastly than I have. While Massachusetts was allowing homosexuals to marry, I got a constitutional amendment passed in Arkansas in 2002 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I got Arkansas to become only the third state to adopt ‘covenant’ marriage.”

    I wholeheartedly agree with Huckabee that our health care system today is “irrevocably broken”. I see Huckabee’s plans for health care as moving away from socialism, not toward it. Try checking into them further.

    A lot of people are saying a lot of negative things about him for political reasons. But I seriously think he’s the most family-friendly of the leading candidates.

    God bless you too and thanks again for your comment!

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