New Polls Have Huckabee Leading in South Carolina, Giuliani Ahead in Florida

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Polls Have Huckabee Leading in South Carolina, Giuliani Ahead in Florida Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 9,

Columbia, SC ( — Now that New Hampshire voters have spoken, the presidential battleground moves to Michigan, South Carolina and Florida. As other surveys have found, the Insider Advantage firm released new polls late Tuesday showing Mike Huckabee ahead in South Carolina and Rudy Giuliani leading in Florida.

In South Carolina, the polling firm has Huckabee getting the support of 33 percent of Republicans and John McCain, who won in New Hampshire, with 21 percent.

Mitt Romney, who came in second place in both Iowa and New Hampshire, polls third in South Carolina with 17 percent.

As reported, two South Carolina surveys released on Monday also showed Huckabee with a lead.

A Rasmussen poll shows Huckabee with a 28 to 21 percentage point lead over John McCain.

Mitt Romney comes in with 15 percent of the Republican vote, Fred Thompson has 11 percent, Rudy Giuliani 10 percent and Ron Paul four percent.

Another GOP poll by Survey USA puts Huckabee’s lead at a higher clip with a 36 to 19 percentage advantage over Mitt Romney. In that survey, McCain comes in third with 17 percent, Thompson has 11, Giuliani 9 and Ron Paul five percent.

Meanwhile, in Florida, the Insider Advantage survey showed Rudy Giuliani in the lead with 24 percent of the Republican vote. The pro-abortion former mayor, who has been the only Republican campaigning in the state recently, has 24 percent of the Republican vote.

Huckabee and McCain tie for second with 19 percent apiece and Romney had the backing of 13 percent of Republicans. Fred Thompson received the support of eight percent of Republicans and Paul had five percent.

Among Democratic voters in South Carolina, the Inside Advantage survey found Barack Obama leading with 40 percent of the vote, Clinton getting the support of 33 percent of Democrats and Edwards 15 percent.

Rasmussen puts the race at 42 percent for him, 30 percent for Hillary Clinton and John Edwards has 14 percent, while the Survey USA poll also has Obama leading but with 50 percent of the Democratic vote while Clinton gets 30 percent and Edwards 16 percent.

Florida Democrats, according to Insider Advantage, support Clinton with 40 percent, Obama with 32 percent and Edwards with 9 percent.

All of the Florida and South Carolina polls were taken prior to the New Hampshire primary vote and McCain and Clinton could experience a post-primary bounce given their victories in the Granite State.