Former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee has beaten his high-spending rivals to top the Republican vote in Iowa. The state is the first caucus vote in the contest to choose the party's 2008 presidential candidate.
Huckabee topped the Iowa Republican caucus with 34% of the vote, ahead of closest rival Mitt Romney on 25%. Romney is a former Massachusetts governor-turned venture capitalist, who has been heavily hyped in the media, and has been spending up big to try and win the Republican nomination.
Meanwhile, Republican candidate Ron Paul won a respectable 10% of the vote, to pick up 2 delegates in Iowa.
Ron Paul told supporters he's happy with the result, saying “I am more encouraged than ever before”. Iowa wasn't a major target for Dr Paul's campaign, and the Texan is now focusing on the next contests, with the New Hampshire presidential primary next Tuesday, January 8th.
Posted at 8:45 pm