All of the major news outlets have declared Mike Huckabee the winner of tonight’s caucuses in Iowa. Here’s FOX:
Mike Huckabee was declared the winner of the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses Thursday night, less than an hour after voting began.
With 25 percent reporting, Huckabee had 35 percent, Mitt Romney had 24 percent and Fred Thompson had 14 percent. John McCain had 12 percent, according to the reporting.
ABC News included this little anecdote in their report:
As the returns began to trickle in, a spontaneous prayer circle broke out at the Des Moines Embassy Suites where Huckabee supporters are congregating. The group prayed for Huckabee’s victory as well as some of his more conservative views â€” including an end to abortion and homosexuality.
Update from the Iowa Democratic Party: Barack Obama 37.53%; John Edwards 29.87%; Hillary Clinton 29.39%; Bill Richardson 2.11%. Joe Biden and Christopher Dodd each had less than 1%.
The results, it seems, were pretty much as predicted.
The citizens of tiny Iowa have had their moment in the sun. Now it’s on to even tinier New Hampshire for next Tuesday’s primary:
With six days to go until the New Hampshire primary, there are ties in poll results for the top candidates in both parties.
With roughly a quarter of those polled in both parties saying they won’t make up their mind until the election, both the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination races are up for grabs.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, whose campaign was languishing six months ago, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are now tied for first place, with each grabbing the support of 29 percent of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters, the CNN/WMUR poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire found.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is at 12 percent with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 10 percent. The remaining Republican White House hopefuls for the 2008 campaign are in single digits…
The Democratic race in New Hampshire has tightened up, too. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York has a 4-point lead over Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, 34 percent to 30 percent, among likely Democratic primary voters. But if you take into account the survey’s sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, it’s a statistical dead heat.
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is at 17 percent in the poll, with the remaining Democratic presidential candidates in single digits.