Mike Huckabee is the Republican winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, with a significant lead over Mitt Romney, who came in second despite spending more time and money in the state than his rivals.
For most of 2007, Huckabee languished in the single digits in the polls and had very little success raising money. But his momentum really picked up in the final six weeks of the year when social conservatives—an important voting bloc in Iowa—began to move his way.
But Huckabee’s ground operation does not match that of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who has spent millions of dollars identifying supporters.
Instead, Huckabee said his get-out-the-vote operation will be driven by a mixture of official campaign activity and grassroots support from home-schoolers and opponents of gun control.