Huck & Mitt Split Right; 3-Way Tie for Evangelicals

Exit polls parse battle for heart of GOP
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 3:04 AM CST
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee were the choices today among Republicans that consider themselves conservatives, while they split Evangelicals three ways with John McCain, reveal exit polls from 15 states. Conservatives made up 80% of Romney's voters, compared with 75% of Huckabee supporters and 49% of those who pulled the lever for McCain, CNN reports.

Mac finished third among Evangelicals, but it was a close contest: Huckabee had 33% of the religious voters, Mitt pulled 31% and McCain won 30%, according to MarketWatch. GOP voters who ranked financial concerns as their top issue went for the Arizona senator, but respondents paradoxically said Romney was most trusted to run the economy. Of those polled, 60% of the GOP voters called themselves conservatives, with 27% saying they are moderates and 10% liberal.