Some 45 percent of Huckabee's vote came from those who described themselves as "born again," according to news media entrance polls, and Huckabee won 55 percent of those people who said religion mattered a "great deal." Romney only got 19 percent of the born-again votes and only 12 percent of those who said they cared a great deal about religion.Only a shortsighted conservative would be surprised. Huckabee is a bed of nightmares (and to be sure, he is a nut, scroll through items on him here and here) the GOP made for itself.
Switching to the losers, the Giuliani camp has been repeating that they aren't focused on Iowa or New Hampshire, but taking a 'big state' approach. Still, it was more than a little funny to see blimp-floating Ron Paul best America's mayor 10% to 4%. And where else but FauxNews would would you find this kind of delusion? Politico's Mike Allen:
Tonight is a fantastic night for John McCain. … He’s one of the biggest winners of the night. He’s now in a fantastic position. Except for Barack Obama, there’s almost no one you’d rather be tonight than John McCain.McCain finished fourth, behind
New Hampshire will certainly be interesting. My bet is that if Romney doesn't take the state (perhaps McCain will repeat his 2000 victory), his candidacy is done.
Pam has some interesting stats up that I haven't been able to find a source for, but are very hopeful:
Total Iowa Turnout (approximate)
Percentage of total vote
11.4% Huckabee (R)
I did find these exciting stats though:
Democrats reported turnout at 239,000, and nearly 115,000 Republicans took part.Doing the math, that's a total of 354,000. Huck's 39,814 votes make for 11.2% of the total. It's a bit mushy (but fun) to lump together separate parties' primary numbers, but the turnout numbers sure are encouraging.