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.
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!