According to a Des Moines Register poll released December 31, Mike Huckabee remains the number 1 preferred candidate for president among Iowa Republicans.
Huckabee leads all contenders in Iowa with a 32% of those who plan to attend caucuses on Thursday saying that they planned to support Huckabee. Mitt Romney remains second with 26% share. The remaining candidates, in order of stated support, are John McCain, Ron Paul, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, Uncommitted, Duncan Hunter, and Alan Keyes.
The survey results underscore the importance of candidates’ efforts to organize and mobilize their supporters, and further demonstrated the potential advantage that Romney’s millions could provide, given his past willingness to spend out of his own pockets to provide transportation and logistics for his supporters. Huckabee’s campaign, with less cash and more of a grassroots structure, will rely on individual initiative and self-motivation among his supporters.