Among Republicans, Huckabee has jumped from 16% of the vote in December 2007 to 25% as of this polling. Coupled with the loss of support for former front-runner Rudy Giuliani, Huckabee is now the leader among Republicans nationally, with a 5-point lead over Giuliani and 6-point lead over John McCain (who has gained 5 points since December). Mitt Romney, after failing to win in Iowa, is now in fifth place nationally with just 9% of the vote, which is his lowest percentage since early October.
And, according to Survey USA, Pastor Mike has an impressive lead in South Carolina. He’s at 36%, followed by Mitt Romney at 19% and John McCain at 17%.
My dream of Mike Huckabee being the 2008 Republican presidential nominee may yet be alive!
Michael Dale Huckabee
Plus, he’s appearing on Letterman tonight. If that doesn’t cinch it for him, I don’t know what will.
Oh… On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are tied with 33% each.
Speaking to an intimate group of undecided voters this morning at a cafe in Portsmouth, Hillary Clinton showed a rare emotional side.
The last question of the Q&A breakfast session came from Maryann Pernold, a 64-year-old undecided Democrat. Pernold said that as a woman â€œI know itâ€™s hard to get out of the house and get ready,â€ she said. â€œWho does your hair?â€
â€œItâ€™s not easy, itâ€™s not easy,â€ Clinton said shaking her head. Her eyes began to get watery as she finished answering the question, â€œI couldnâ€™t do it if I didnâ€™t just passionately believe it was the right thing to do,â€ she said. â€œI have so many ideas for this country and I just donâ€™t want to see us fall backwards as a nation. This is very personal for me,â€ she said to a quiet round of supportive applause. â€œItâ€™s about our country, itâ€™s about our kidsâ€™ future, itâ€™s really about all of us together,â€ she said tearing up, her voice cracking.
The group of 15 women sitting around a table at the Cafe Espresso nodded approvingly. Clinton continued, her voice still breaking: â€œSome of us put ourselves out there and do this against some pretty difficult odds and we do it, each one of us, because we care about our country. But some of us are right and some of us are wrong, some of us are ready and some of us are not. Some of us know what weâ€™ll do on day one and some of us havenâ€™t thought that through,â€ she said.
Clearly exhausted, Clinton trying to regain her lead after coming in a disappointing third in Iowa, went on to say that she tries to exercise while sheâ€™s on the road and eat healthy but pizza is usually the easiest option. â€œAs tired as I am, and I am, and as difficult as it is to try to keep up what I try to do on the road,â€ she said in an unusually vulnerable moment. â€œI just believe so strongly in who we are as a nation so Iâ€™m going to do everything I can to make my case and leave it to the voters to decide.â€
I can understand the emotion and I can definitely empathize with the stress under which Mrs. Clinton finds herself, but all this as the result of somebody asking who does her hair?
I’ve watched that video several times now and I have yet to see a single tear. Where are these tears everybody is yapping about? Hey, at least she didn’t prove “what a man, what a man, what a mighty, mighty man” she is by going out and killing a stupid bird.