Huckabee Shows Strength In Iowa Poll
The Des Moines Register has a new poll out for likely Iowa Caucus goers. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has made strong gains to third place with 12% of the vote. Mitt Romney leads with 29% and newcomer to the race Fred Thompson has 18%. Huckabee leads both Rudy Guiliani (11%) and John McCain (7%). Once again, a number of establishment-media designated "second tier" candidates are close to or even pass one or two of the establishment-media designated "first tier" candidates. Despite the fact that the media has devoted outrageous amounts of coverage to pumping up their own top four, and despite the disproportionate resources of the candidates favored by big corporate money, when it comes to actual strength on the ground in middle-America the "top tier" is little distinguished from the rest.