by Steven Ertelt
January 2, 2008
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — With just one day left before Iowa voters head to their Thursday night caucus, the latest polls continue to show a tight race between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney for first place and John McCain and Fred Thompson for third. Demonstrating the closeness of the race, one survey has Romney leading and other has Huckabee ahead.
The Zogby polling firm and the Republican Strategic Vision firm released poll results on Wednesday that mirror those from earlier in the week.
Zogby has Huckabee ahead with the support of 28 percent of Iowa Republicans and Romney in second with 26 percent. Fred Thompson and John McCain continue to race for third at 12 percent apiece.
Strategic Vision shows Romney ahead with 30 percent, Huckabee with 28 and McCain and Thompson following with 16 and 13 percent respectively.
As with other Iowa surveys this week, Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani are shown further behind with the support of anywhere from 4-9 percent and Duncan Hunter and Alan Keyes have one percent each.
Wednesday also saw the release of another survey that showed John McCain leading nationally for the first time. McCain is polling stronger in Iowa and has grabbed the lead or a tie with Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, depending on the poll, and the national survey reflects this surge.
Pew Research shows McCain with 22 percent nationwide, Giuliani with 20 percent, Huckabee attracting 17 percent of Republicans, Romney at 12, and Thompson at nine percent. Others poll in low single digits.
Three New Hampshire polls out Wednesday had McCain leading Romney 37-31 and 32-23 (Franklin Pierce and Suffolk Tracking) and a third has them tied at 29 percent each (CNN).
The polls generally had Giuliani, Huckabee and Paul racing for third, and Thompson trailing.
All of the candidates are running on pro-life platforms except Giuliani, who has repeatedly stated his support for legal abortions.
Huckabee and Thompson both enjoy the support of various pro-life groups and Romney has some pro-life endorsements while others are reticent to buy his recent pro-life conversion. McCain is pro-life on abortion but has drawn jeers from the pro-life community for supporting embryonic stem cell research.