Huckabee and Romney In A dead Heat In Early Iowa Polling

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In a poll taken by New Jersey pollster Rick Shaftan, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are in a literal dead heat in the Hawkeye state if the caucuses were to be held today. Huckabee came in with 22% support from those who said they would definitely participate in the GOP caucuses while Romney came in at 21%. Bucking a trend of early poll slips, former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin came in third place with 13% support from potential caucus goers while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich garnered 6%.

The poll mirrored many others in showing that Huckabee and Romney have a strong grip on the early support. Huckabee narrowly edged out Romney in 2008 to take the Iowa caucus. However 25% of participants in this poll were still undecided which beats both top tier candidates which potentially gives an open window and a glimmer of hope for the lesser known candidates heading into campaign mode and eyeing Iowa.

A new Gallup poll released Monday found Huckabee with the highest favorable ratings among potential Republican candidates.

Shaftans poll, first reported by POLITICOs Morning Score, surveyed 556 voters who cast ballots in the 2010 Republican primary and said they were either very likely or definite participants in the partys 2012 caucuses. It had a margin of error of 4.1 percent.

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