Mike Huckabee went from long-shot candidate to serious GOP presidential contender in only a few weeks—and the tone of media coverage went from bemusement to serious critical analysis of his record.
The result is both good and bad for the former governor of Arkansas and pastor who served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Two nationwide polls released early last month showed Huckabee suddenly in a statistical dead heat with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani among Republican voters. The CBS/New York Times poll showed that Huckabee had increased his share of the GOP vote by 17 percentage points since October.
Other polls had already shown Huckabee pulling ahead of Mitt Romney in Iowa, despite the fact that Romney had outspent his fellow former governor by a margin of more than 10 to 1 in wooing voters for that state’s famous early caucuses.