A new in-depth poll out today on the Republican presidential race shows too-close-to-call contests in two of the first three states to vote.
According to the survey by the Associated Press and the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, most voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina say they have not made up their minds for certain, and only 57 percent in Iowa say they strongly support their chosen candidate. The candidates are also closely bunched on who voters trust most on illegal immigration, the war in Iraq, and other key Republican issues, the poll found.
In Iowa, home to the Jan. 3 caucuses, Mitt Romney leads with 25 percent, but Mike Huckabee is in a statistical tie with 24 percent. Rudy Giuliani is in third with 14 percent, and Fred Thompson in fourth with 12 percent, according to the poll.
In New Hampshire, where voters go to the polls Jan. 8, Romney has 37 percent, Giuliani has 19 percent, and John McCain has 15 percent.
And in South Carolina, where Republicans vote Jan. 19, Romney and Giuliani are tied with 19 percent each, Thompson is in within the margin of error at 18 percent, McCain claims 13 percent, and Huckabee has 10 percent.
The survey was conducted Nov. 7-25 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 7 percentage points in Iowa and plus or minus 5.5 percentage points in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.