2 new polls conducted by Mason-Dixon show Huckabee surging in both South Carolina and Iowa. This just in from a South Carolina newspaper, The Island Packet:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has surged ahead of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani among Republican voters in South Carolina, and Sen. Hillary Clinton is clinging to a slim lead over Sen. Barack Obama among Democrats.
A new McClatchy-MSNBC poll found that the GOP contest in South Carolina is more wide open than the Democratic race, with five Republican contenders bunched within 10 percentage points of one another.
Huckabee is backed by 20 percent of likely GOP voters in the state. Giuliani stands at 17 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 15 percent, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson at 14 percent and Arizona Sen. John McCain at 10 percent.
"With him (Huckabee), it's not a big show, it's just common sense," said Julia Glass, a retired probation officer in Wisconsin who now lives on St. Helena Island. "He's not shifting around. He really sounds like he would appeal to people outside our (Republican) party."
Glass and other South Carolina Republicans will vote on Jan. 19 in the GOP primary, with Democrats following a week later.
Elsewhere among Republican voters, Huckabee has opened a 12-point lead over Romney in Iowa -- 32 percent-20 percent -- while Romney is ahead of Giuliani in New Hampshire by 25 percent-17 percent in the Mason-Dixon polls.