Mike Huckabee Ties for Lead in National Poll as Rudy Giuliani Slides Down

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 4, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mike Huckabee Ties for Lead in National Poll as Rudy Giuliani Slides Down

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 4,

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new national poll shows former Arkansas Governor and pro-life advocate Mike Huckabee is tied for the lead in the race for the Republican nomination for president. The survey also shows pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani’s continuing his downward slide that is evident in polls in the early primary states.

The latest Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll shows Huckabee and Giuliani tied with 18 percent apiece.

John McCain at 14 percent, Fred Thompson at 13 percent, and Mitt Romney at 12 percent are close behind the two leaders. Ron Paul secured the support of 7 percent of likely Republican voters and no other candidate rises above two percent.

Like Huckabee, all four are campaigning on pro-life positions and each say they favor overturning Roe v. Wade.

Giuliani’s support has fallen to 18 percent — a drop of nine points from the four-day tracking poll Rasmussen reported at the end of November. This is the first time Rasmussen has shown Giuliani under 20 percent since October.

Meanwhile, Huckabee’s polling numbers reflect his climb in the early battleground states.

He has risen steadily since early November, when Rasmussen showed him with the support of nine percent of Republicans. Huckabee has gained six points since the end of November.

While Giuliani and Huckabee have seen their numbers shift, the rest of the leading candidates have stayed at about the same levels.

McCain has bounced around between 10 and 15 percent over the last two months, Thompson has dropped from the high teens to stay stable at around 13-14 percent over the last few weeks, and Romney has ebbed and flowed along the same percentages as well.

Meanwhile, a new USA Today/Gallup survey, taken from Friday through Sunday, shows Giuliani ahead with the support of 25 percent of Republicans.

Huckabee comes in at 16 percent, Thompson and McCain at 15 percent, Romney at 12, and Ron Paul at four percent.

Giuliani has dropped nine points since the same time in early November while Huckabee has gained ten. Thompson, McCain and Romney are down slightly from their levels during the first part of last month.

A third new poll, conducted by Pew for the Associated Press, finds Giuliani’s support down seven percent since September while Huckabee has gained seven points.

McCain and Romney are up three percent each while Thompson has fallen in both October and November.