ABC News’ Kevin Chupka Reports: Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee continues his surge in Iowa where he has pulled within striking distance of Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner in the state, according to a poll conducted by CBS News and the New York Times.
Of those polled, 27% favor Romney while Huckabee nips at his heels with 21%. While Iowa voters think a third candidate, Rudy Giuliani, is the "most electable" they see both Romney and Huckabee’s conservative credentials to be in tune with their Iowa values. The numbers could shift a great deal between now an the caucus on January 3rd; the poll shows that 14% of Republican voters are still undecided which could, theoretically, leave room for a candidate like national leader, Rudy Giuliani who polled at 15%.
The picture isn’t quite as rosey for Huckabee in New Hampshire where the poll shows Huckabee in fifth place with only 6% of those polled planning to vote for him in the state primary. He trails Romney, McCain, Giuliani, and Ron Paul in the Granite State.
While Huckabee spends the next few days out west in the Seattle area, the campaign is set to fire up again in both Iowa and new Hampshire in the coming week as the Governor from Hope seeks to inch even closer.