Huck Taking 'Momentum' Into Next Races

Better-than-expected third for governor
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 6:08 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee shakes hands as he walks to the podium in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A pleased Mike Huckabee told his supporters that he was happy with his third-place showing in New Hampshire and vowed to "come out of here with continued momentum." His surprise finish in the Granite State is a "bonanza," even compared with his impressive Iowa victory, writes John Ellis of Real Clear Politics.

Heading into Michigan and South Carolina, the former preacher stands a good chance of splitting the vote and coming out strong. Huckabee's success in the upcoming races is bolstered by splintered Republican competitors and the resurrection of Hillary Clinton, who won't touch the Huckabee demographic. Despite the New Hampshire count, Huckabee is leading or tied for the top spot in every national poll.