Second Michigan Poll Has John McCain Leading, Romney Then Huckabee

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 10, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Second Michigan Poll Has John McCain Leading, Romney Then Huckabee Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 10,

Lansing, MI ( — A second recent presidential poll conducted in Michigan shows John McCain leading and getting a bit of a bounce from his victory in the New Hampshire primary. It follows on the heels of a poll done just before the New Hampshire vote showing Mike Huckabee in the lead and McCain in third place.

The newer poll, released Thursday and conducted by the Republican Strategic Vision polling firm, finds Mitt Romney in second and Mike Huckabee in third among GOP voters there.

McCain has the backing of 29 percent according to the survey, Romney 20 percent, and Huckabee 18 percent.

Rudy Giuliani comes in fourth with 13 percent, and Fred Thompson and Ron Paul tie with five percent each.

Showing the race is in flux, just 29 percent said their choice is definite and that there is no possibility they may change their vote before next Tuesday’s showdown.

Michigan Republicans head to the polls for their primary on January 15 after Iowa voters handed Mike Huckabee a victory in its caucus and New Hampshire sided with McCain. In an unheralded caucus, Wyoming power brokers backed Romney.

The first poll that came out this week about Michigan — and one of just two now that have been done since the middle of December — showed Huckabee winning.

That poll, conducted by the Democratic polling firm Rossman Group, had Huckabee at 23 percent, Romney at 22, McCain with 18, Giuliani at 8, and Thompson and Paul in low single digits.

John McCain won the Michigan primary in 2000 and is given a good shot of winning again. However, Mitt Romney’s father George is a former statewide lawmaker and his name is well-known there. Huckabee is likely going to fare well among the state’s large contingent of pro-life voters.