Michigan Poll Finds Huckabee Ahead, Romney Second and McCain Third

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

Michigan Poll Finds Huckabee Ahead, Romney Second and McCain Third

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 9,

Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — A poll released on Tuesday night just hours after the New Hampshire polls closed shows former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leading in the next presidential battleground state of Michigan. He has a one point lead over former Massachusetts Gov, Mitt Romney and is five points ahead of John McCain, who won on Tuesday.

The survey, conducted by Rossman Group/MIRS/Denno-Noor and done after Iowa’s caucus but before the New Hampshire primary vote, finds Huckabee at 23 percent despite virtually no campaigning in the state.

Romney comes in at 22 percent and McCain, an Arizona senator, enjoys the support of 18 percent of Michigan Republican voters.

Rudy Giuliani, the only self-declared pro-abortion candidate in the race comes in with eight percent, Fred Thompson got four percent in the poll, Ron Paul three percent and Duncan Hunter just one percent.

Another 13 percent of GOP voters in Michigan are undecided, according to the survey.

"The Republican primary in Michigan is coming down to a three-way scrum between Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and John McCain," Kelly Rossman-McKinney told MIRS news. "The real loser is Rudy Giuliani , who didn’t even get to double digits here this time around, proving that being first out of the gate doesn’t get you to the finish line."

Among Democrats, the poll finds 47 percent support Hillary Clinton, who had a come-from-behind victory in the New Hampshire primary. Barack Obama and John Edwards, the other top two presidential candidates on the Democratic side, are not on the Michigan ballot.

As a result, 28 percent of Democrats said they would be uncommitted, 10 percent said they supported another candidate and another 10 percent were undecided.

The poll is the first since the middle of December, when the Detroit News found Romney leading with 21 percent, Huckabee second with 19 percent and Giuliani in third with 12 percent.

McCain had the backing of 10 percent of the Republicans in that poll while Thompson and Paul polled in single digits.

The survey included 300 likely voters on both the Republican and Democratic sides and the margin of error is plus or minus 5.8 percent.