SNEAK PEEK: How the Grinch Stole Iowa

15 Days Until the Iowa Caucuses

Mike Huckabee got an early Christmas present today, a new poll wrapped up with a bow. The other Republican candidates may be feeling as if they are more likely to get coal in their Iowa stockings.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that the Huckaboom of November was not a fluke and his upward momentum continues. At 35 percent support among likely Republican caucus-goers, Huckabee has widened his lead over the longtime Iowa GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney who has 27 percent support. Huckabee's incredible Iowa surge is being driving by the overwhelming support of Christian evangelical voters.

ABC's polling director Gary Langer writes, "Huckabee, who jumped into contention in Iowa a month ago, has soared further among his key groups -- weekly churchgoers, abortion opponents, conservatives and, above all, evangelical Protestants, who account for nearly four in 10 likely caucus-goers. They now favor Huckabee over Romney by a 3-1 margin, 57 percent to 19 percent.

Read all of the numbers here.

Huckabee, Romney, Fred Thompson and Tom Tancredo are all out in Iowa on Thursday. Rep. Tancredo has a major announcement at 3:00 pm ET in Des Moines.

On another front…every December the ad gurus on Madison Avenue come up with new ways to tie their product to the holidays and catch the eye of the American consumer (and to catch their dollars).

The major presidential contenders already have plenty of Americans' dollars, and now they're trying to get last minute votes with holiday themed ads.

Four more Christmas-ish campaign commercials were released on Wednesday - and they are as priceless as MasterCard ads.

Hillary Clinton is seen packing presents for all Americans to enjoy. Tucker Carlson is going to be very excited that the senator finds her Universal Pre-K package in the ad. LINK

Unsurprisingly Sen. Barack Obama's explains how "the things that unite us is more powerful and enduring than anything that sets us apart." Obama's attractive wife and daughters were along for the ride (move over Huxtables). LINK

Even more unsurprisingly, Rudy Giuliani's kids were no where to be found is his ad - no Judith Nathan either. Santa keeps the former mayor company. LINK

John Edwards appeared by himself with a holiday lecture about fighting for those living in poverty. LINK

Here's what's on tap for Thursday.

The Republicans. . .

RUDY GIULIANI

-- No public events scheduled.

MITT ROMNEY

-- 8:45 am ET: Holds Q&A with voters, Indianola, IA

-- 11:45 am ET: Holds event with voters, Fort Dodge, IA

-- 3:45 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Orange City, IA

-- 8:15 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Council Bluffs, IA

MIKE HUCKABEE

-- 8:30 am ET: Meets with voters, Marshalltown, IA

-- 11:00 am ET: Meets with voters, Dike, IA

-- 1:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Waterloo, Iowa

-- 3:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Manchester, Iowa

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends Iowa Christian Alliance event, Cedar Rapids, IA

JOHN MCCAIN

-- 7:30 pm ET: Attends finance reception hosted by Governor Buddy Roemer, Baton Rouge, LA

FRED THOMPSON

-- 11:00 am ET: Meets with voters, Carroll, IA

-- 1:05 pm ET: Tours downtown Denison, Denison, IA

-- 3:15 pm ET: Participates in a radio town hall, Atlantic, IA

-- 5:15 pm ET: Tours downtown Missouri Valley, Missouri Valley, IA

-- 8:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Council Bluffs, IA

RON PAUL

-- No public events scheduled.

TOM TANCREDO

-- 3:00 pm ET: Makes an announcement, Des Moines, IA

DUNCAN HUNTER

-- Tours manufacturing facilities, Oakland and Macomb County, MI

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends fundraiser, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

The Democrats. . .

HILLARY CLINTON

-- 11:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, Grundy Center, IA

-- 2:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Tipton, IA

-- 4:45 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Centerville, IA

-- 9:00 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Burlington, IA

BILL CLINTON

-- 4:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Wolfeboro, NH

-- 7:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Holderness, NH

BARACK OBAMA

-- 11:00 am ET: Holds a roundtable discussion, Exeter, NH

-- 5:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Portsmouth, NH

-- 7:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Rochester, NH

MICHELLE OBAMA

-- 11:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, Iowa City, IA

-- 1:45 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Sigourney, IA

-- 4:15 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Fairfield, IA

-- 5:40 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Mt. Pleasant, IA

-- 7:40 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Burlington, IA

JOHN EDWARDS

-- 1:00 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Council Bluffs, IA

-- 5:30 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Le Mars, IA

-- 7:45 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Sioux City, IA

JOE BIDEN

-- 9:00 am ET: Speaks to voters at event, Sioux City, IA

-- 12:30 pm ET: Speaks to voters at event, Mason City, IA

-- 3:30 pm ET: Speaks to voters at event, Webster City, IA

-- 7:30 pm ET: Speaks to voters at event, Marion, IA

CHRIS DODD

-- 1:00 pm ET: Speaks to voters, Council Bluffs, IA

-- 7:30 pm ET: Attends holiday event with voters, Des Moines, IA

BILL RICHARDSON

-- Spends the day in Iowa

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- 11:25 am ET: Participate in the swearing-in of the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Washington, DC

POLITICAL NEWS STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM

ABC News' Jennifer Parker and Lindsey Ellerson Report: Auld Lang Resign: Topsy-Turvy Politics of '07 LINK

ABC News' Gary Langer Reports: Religion Drives Iowa GOP Race, Lifting Huckabee into the Lead LINK

ABC News' Brian Ross and Avni Patel Report: Whose Push Poll Is It Anyway? Going Negative on Clinton, Obama; Positive on Edwards LINK

ABC News' Jan Simmonds Reports: Rudy Wants to Give You a Holiday Fruitcake LINK

ABC News' Ann Compton, Jon Garcia, Jonathan Karl, Karen Travers, and Jack Date Report: Blaze at White House Office Building LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Is It Sexist to Discuss Hillary's Wrinkles? LINK

ABC News' Jan Simmonds reports: Giuliani: Early Primaries are 'Uncharted Territory' LINK

ABC News' Sarah Amos Reports: Richardson Ad Gets Tough on Rivals' Iraq Plans LINK

ABC News' Bret Hovell reports: Kissinger: McCain Best for 'Difficult and Complicated' Times LINK

ABC News' John Berman Reports: Romney Shows W. Love LINK

ABC News' Matthew Dowd Reports: Hearts and Souls Party LINK

ABC News' Matt Stuart Reports: For Romney, There's an 'End in Sight' LINK

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Paul Entices College Supporters Not to Skip Town for the Holidays LINK

ABC News' Steven Portnoy Reports: Small Fire, Big White House Photo-Op LINK

ABC News' Kevin Chupka Reports: Huckabee's Marathon: From Rotund to Runner LINK

ABC News' Christine Byun Reports: Thompson's New Role: Tipton, Iowa Bank Teller LINK

POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM

Christmas Brings Deadlines LINK

Religious Showdown in Iowa LINK

The Hillary I Know LINK

Hillary Clinton on her Likeability LINK

Giuliani's Christmas Spirit LINK

Richardson Talks Tough on Iraq LINK

Romney Ad: 'Searched' LINK

Huckabee on Christ Ad Brouhaha: 'Paul is Dead' LINK

Putin Receives Time's Annual Nod LINK

White House Campus Fire LINK

New Poll Shows Tight Race in Iowa LINK

Questions Over Destroyed CIA Tapes LINK

Political Highlights of 2007 LINK

Energy-Saving Actions in Congress LINK

Political Tactic: Cut Back on Campaign LINK