by Steven Ertelt
February 16, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Mike Huckabee isn’t giving up his quest to obtain the Republican presidential nomination and hes keeping things close in the upcoming primary states. Despite most political observers assuming John McCain will represent the GOP, Huckabee is within striking distance in Wisconsin, which votes next week, and the big early March contests.
McCain has a 48 to 32 percent lead in Wisconsin, according to a Thursday Research 2000 poll, but that 16 point lead is two less than in a Strategic Vision poll from earlier this week.
Texas and Ohio lead the handful of states where primary voters will cast ballots on March 4 and Huckabee polls better than expected.
In Texas, McCain has leads of just 8 and 4 percent in the most recent surveys.
A Rasmussen poll from later in the week shows McCain leading 45 to 37 percent while a TCUL poll from earlier in the week has him ahead by a smaller 45 to 41 percent margin.
In Ohio, McCain leads Huckabee by a 50 to 36 percentage margin in a Survey USA poll.
While McCain has a lead in each state, the surveys make it appear a sizable number of pro-life voters are siding with Huckabee to get McCain to understand he needs to reach out to them as he campaigns against two strong pro-abortion advocates on the Democratic side.
The Ohio poll finds 68 percent of Republicans take a pro-life position on abortion while 29 percent support legal abortions.
The pro-life voters are split 44 to 44 percent between the two GOP candidates while McCain leads overall in the state because he holds a significant 64 to 21 percent advantage among pro-abortion voters.
In Texas, Rassmussen Reports polling analysis indicated, McCain and Huckabee are essentially even among conservative Primary voters while McCain leads among more moderate voters.