With the first voting three weeks away, Republicans across the country remain fragmented among five leading candidates, but a new poll shows marked gains for Mike Huckabee. Rudy Giuliani still leads the pack with 25% support, but Huckabee's Iowa surge is moving to the national stage, where he has risen to 19% from 9% in early November, the Washington Post reports.
Complicating the unstable race is a rapid shift in the issues driving voters: the economy has now surpassed Iraq as the top concern. Though Giuliani's overall support is falling, GOP voters still trust him most on terrorism and the economy, while they rate Huckabee highest on social issues. Huckabee's strongest support comes from evangelicals and conservatives.