Thursday, January 3, 2008

Obama and Huckabee!

Well, the Iowa caucus results are in; and, as I'm sure you know already, Obama won on the Democratic side, and Huckabee won on the Republican side. Here's the breakdown by percentage:
Barack Obama 38%
John Edwards 30%
Hillary Clinton 29%
Bill Richardson 2%
Joe Biden 1%
Uncommitted 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
Mike Gravel 0%
Dennis Kucinich 0%

Mike Huckabee 34%
Mitt Romney 25%
Fred Thompson 13%
John McCain 13%
Ron Paul 10%
Rudy Giuliani 3%
Duncan Hunter 0%

Man, Giuliani totally bombed in Iowa, didn't he? Even Ron Paul did better.

Oh, and looking at the exit polls for the Republican caucus show an interesting result--around 60% of the voters described themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians, and they overwhelmingly voted for Huckabee. Further, 2/3 of those polled think it is "somewhat" (31%) or "a great deal" (36%) important that their candidate share their religious beliefs, and those people also overwhelmingly went for Huckabee. So can we say that Romney did as poorly as he did because of good old-fashioned American religious bigotry?

[Edit] And Matt Nisbet tells us what we can expect now that Obama won in Iowa: shrieks not to vote for him because he's black and possibly a Muslim. Essentially, more of the same.

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