FOX News just called it for Huckabee -- we're just waiting for a final spread, but it sounds like Romney might lose by double-digits.
Meanwhile, with nearly a third of precincts reporting, Edwards, Obama and Clinton are all within a percentage point of each other. Much depends on which areas have reported and which haven't, but for the moment the closeness is remarkable to see.
This week's Boston Phoenix includes an editorial begging Republicans to reject Mitt Romney, for the good of their party. It's out tomorrow, and online now:
Shameless: Mitt Romney is a liar, and Republican voters deserve better
An enemy without borders. Hate without boundaries. A people perverted. A
religion betrayed. A nuclear power in chaos. Madmen bent on creating it. Leaders
assassinated. Democracy attacked.
Mitt Romney has released plans for 14 campaign events between Friday, January 4th (the day after the Iowa caucuses) and Monday, January 7th (the day before the New Hampshire primary). He is not exactly trying to blanket the state -- the events are almost all in the southeastern portion of the state. In fact, if you draw a line from Nashua up to Concord, across to Portsmouth, then down to the Massachusetts border, you've boxed in all 14 events.
7News/Suffolk University kicks off its final-week daily tracking poll with this doozy: McCain leading Romney 31%-25%. Ouch!!!
On the Democratic side, the poll has Clinton out to a solid lead over Obama, 34%-22%.
Meanwhile, Romney is going up with a positive ad, while McCain is unleashing a brutal, nasty ad [Web-only, according to Globe blogging] suggesting that if you vote for Mitt Romney, the terrorists win and global armageddon will begin.
Everyone's been waiting impatiently for the final Des Moines Register poll before Thursday's caucuses, and the paper just released it. It's not good news for our man Mitt: it has him solidly behind Mike Huckabee, 32%-26%.
The polling was done Sunday, which means after all the Christmas-table conversations; after Romney's negative advertising; after Huckabee's awkward responses to the Pakistan crisis; after all of it.