Skip to comments.Romney surging in polls before Iowa caucus
Posted on 12/31/2007 6:48:34 AM PST by Reaganesque
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa -- Down more than 10 points in the polls here only weeks ago, Mitt Romney appears to be surging back days before Iowans head to their caucuses.
Two polls released over the weekend showed Romney ahead of rival Mike Huckabee by several points, while another survey out Sunday has Romney in a statistical tie with the former Arkansas governor.
That's a far cry from early November, when a surging Huckabee took the front-runner mantle from Romney and never looked back. While Iowa's caucuses -- the first test of the presidential contest - are difficult to poll given only a small percentage of the state actually turns out for the caucus meetings, the polls may indicate a change in attitudes in Iowa.
A spokesman for Romney said polling really is all over the map.
"We're still running like the underdog," traveling press secretary Eric Fehrnstrom said, "although the sense is the people of Iowa are responding to Mitt Romney's message that he is the candidate who can bring real change to Washington and fix what's broken."
A new McClatchy, MSNBC and Mason-Dixon poll out Sunday has Romney leading Huckabee 27 percent to 23 percent, while an American Research poll from Saturday shows Romney leading Huckabee by 9 points, 32 percent to 23 percent. Meanwhile, a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby International survey of likely caucus-goers finds Romney and Huckabee in a statistical tie.
Huckabee's emergence as a front-runner was followed by intense media scrutiny while Romney had already faced that earlier this year, a point that could have lead to Huckabee's quick rise and plateau in the polls.
Huckabee on Sunday went on NBC's "Meet the Press" to counter criticism that he doesn't have enough foreign policy experience after a series of gaffes on the campaign trail. He ticked off a demographic-filled list about Pakistan when quizzed about a misstep, but spent several moments slamming back at Romney for his critical advertisements.
Huckabee said Romney was running a "desperate and dishonest campaign."
"If you aren't being honest in obtaining the job, can we trust you to be honest when you get the job," Huckabee said.
Romney's national spokesman, Kevin Madden, responded to Huckabee's attack noting that the rival candidate "never refutes the facts of his troubling record."
"It's a record that is tough to defend, so his testiness and irritability when being questioned about it is obvious," Madden said.
"But Mike Huckabee's lashing out with personal attacks against Governor Romney that have no merit or substance is quite unfortunate. Campaigns should be about the issues."
All this surging and unsurging (desurging?) makes the process look pretty dumb.
A nation that has the Federalist Papers and the Lincoln-Douglas debates in its patrimony now gawks at horse races and beauty contests to select the leader of the free world.
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Save your screeds for the religion forum. This is a political forum. You have been reported.
I like Romney...I also like McCain....I could like Fred, but he needs to do something to inspire me
Who is YOUR candidate? Oh, and this kind of scurrilous crap you just posted is the worst kind of yellow journalism, as has probably been pointed out to you many times.
This doesn’t exactly give me the warm & fuzzies, especially since Romney threatened to impose his health care scheme on all of us if elected (ref: DesMoines Register-sponsored debate).
Everything I posted is hard sourced.
I imagine he was ahead all this time..but the MSM wanted to push their choice candidates....Huckabee and McCain because they are afraid of Romney. Since the Iowa caucuses are closely approaching they don’t want to lose their credibility so they post legitimate poll numbers
“Again, if the polls are still tight by Friday, as they say in baseball, tie goes to the runner.”
I’m not convinced Romney winning by a point or two would give him much of a ‘bounce’ coming out of Iowa. On the other hand, if McCain should somehow pull out a strong 3rd place showing, that would give him the momentum going into New Hampshire.
A very exciting race. It could be the ultimate nominee is not in the race yet.
Baloney. You are trying to associate Romney with Child Molesters. You are a disgrace to conservativism.
I’m not trying, the Log Cabins ARE associated with StonewallVets.
There is no evidence the MSM ever wanted Huckabee. Huckabee’s rise is due to evangalical Christians who assumed (incorrectly) that because he is a minister, he is conservative. They are only now starting to realize he is to the Left of McCain.
I’m sick of all the hot air already and it isn’t even 2008 yet! We’ve got 10 more months of this to go. Is it me or does it feel like this campaign has been lasting forever already? There’s the barrage of conflicting polls too, that never seems to end. After hearing endlessly from these candidates I think some people are going to wish President Bush could run again.
OK enough ranting for now.