If you are a poll-watcher, then you know that Mike Huckabee has been steadily gaining on Mitt Romney in the polls in Iowa. In fact, one poll this week had him with a 3 point lead over Romney (though two other polls showed Romney leading Huckabee by 1 point).
Well, something gigantic has just happened. The new Newsweek poll has Huckabee leading Romney by 22 points! The jump is so dramatic that one wonders if the poll is a fluke. That kind of margin just seems so unlikely, but there it is. Whether the big jump in poll numbers has something to do with Romney’s speech on religious liberty remains to be seen, but I’m sure many eyebrows are raised in the Romney camp tonight.
By the way, if you have not added RealClearPolitics.com to your favorites, you should do so. RealClearPolitics.com keeps a running tally of the latest polls, and it’s really helpful if you’re in to following this kind of thing. Three links that will help to get your brain around the presidential race are the polls tracking National Averages, Republican State-by-State, and Democrat State-by-State.
Update: This just in. Huckabee attributes his rising poll numbers to the power of prayer. Watch the video below, which pictures a Q & A session at Liberty University. HT: MSNBC’s “First Read“.