The latest round of Rasmussen Reports polling, and the first round since the last GOP debate, has Mike Huckabee trailing Rudy Giuliani by a mere 3 points. This isn't Iowa polling, this is national polling, people.
Giuliani leads the field with 20%. Huckabee polled at 17%. Fred Thompson third with 14%, McCain at 13%, Mitt Romney down at 11%, and Ron Paul up to 7 %. No other candidate is above 2%.
I'll be completely honest with you, I can't quite comprehend why Huckabee has so much support. I get Rudy, I get Mitt, I get John McCain, I definitely get Fred Thompson...but why Huckabee?
Sure, he has a background that appeals to evangelicals and an honest "aw shucks" mentality, but beyond his social conservatism, what else is there that appeals to the GOP base? I would love for someone to explain this to me, because I find it hard to believe that there are THAT many GOP voters out there that put social issues ahead of fiscal/economical/national defense issues. Huckabee seems like a nice guy, good orator, and a decent politician...but on any issue I seem to find at least one more candidate that I prefer.
Now, I want to see what happens after Mitt Romney gives his speech on his Mormon faith. Given that Huckabee has ate into Romney's base of social conservatives, it makes this speech all the more interesting.