Since I’ve been all about Huckabee the last 48 hours, I figured I would pass along this interesting piece of news from Dean Barnett, formerly of

THE ONLY POLLSTER that really matters is Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports. In addition to his unrivaled track record, Rasmussen is also the only pollster who is currently screening for likely voters. So when Rasmussen says something, we ought to pay attention.

Yesterday, Rasmussen released a poll of the Iowa Republican Caucus. Given its surprising results, I’m surprised it hasn’t received more attention. Romney‘s winning with 25 percent; no big shakes there. Fred‘s in second at 19 percent; again, nothing earth shattering. But here comes the bombshell: Mike Huckabee checks in at 18 percent, a stunningly strong third place showing and within shouting distance of the frontrunners.

A strong showing tonight could place him solidly in the top tier.

(HT: the indispensable Justin Taylor)

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. You forgot to link to the rest of Dean’s post – its an interesting read on this issue. Along those lines, do you know any way to add Dean to RSS? I really loved his blogging at Hugh’s site, and I’d like to keep up with him, but I don’t see any way other than continuously checking and looking for him.

    I’m really wavering on the Huckabee stuff, so its nice to see you posting so much on this. I can’t stand bad fiscal policy and I think the economy is zooming into recession and will only be made worse if the next president isn’t fiscally savvy (i.e. keep your hands off and let it play out).

    But then again, we values votes supposedly care more about life than money. So the convicting question comes down to would you choose your pocketbook over advances in protecting life? That makes me lean strongly to the Huck side, though it really enrages me that we can’t have at least one choice who’s good on both – particularly that it is such a crucial moment for both.


  2. Having now also read John Mark Reynolds on Romney:

    I’m wavering even more :) He makes a very good argument, as did Erick at Red State who you linked earlier, that Huck will split the party and Mitt might be the only candidate that won’t (other than Fred? – but he’s heading into McCain territory for me… I don’t see nearly as much enthusiasm for him now that he’s IN the race, and that bodes very poorly).

    As I said earlier, its a very tough call for me.


  3. Matthew Lee Anderson October 22, 2007 at 10:41 pm


    Thanks for the note–link is fixed.

    Re: Dean. The word is that he’s going to post about once per day and they are revamping the website soon to correct the lack of RSS feeds. Be patient and keep checking.

    Re: Huck and JMNR’s article. More coming tonight…


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