Iowa Victories Fuel Rise of Huckabee And Obama In New National Poll

Posted January 8, 2008 at 11:57am

The latest USA Today/Gallup poll conducted in the days immediately following the Iowa caucuses, from Jan. 4-6 show that both winners out of Iowa — Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama — have pulled even or slightly ahead in their respective primary races among voters nationwide. Prior to Iowa, Obama was mired in second position behind Hillary Clinton and Huckabee was tied for second place with several Republicans behind then-front-runner Rudy Giuliani.. Obama ties Clinton at 33 percent but John Edwards has picked up some of Clinton’s decline by moving from 15 percent to 20 percent since the last poll. Obama’s post-Iowa public image includes the important perception that he is the man to beat for the nomination.

Huckabee is now the top choice of 25 percent of Republicans, with Rudy Giuliani second at 20 percent, John McCain on the rise with 19 percent, Fred Thompson at 12 percent, Mitt Romney at 9 percent and Ron Paul at 4 percent. The Jan. 4-6 poll marks the first time in nearly a year that Giuliani has not held a significant lead on the national ballot.

The margin of error is 3 percent.