first_imgWASHINGTON – In-depth polling by The Associated Press and the nonpartisan Pew Research Center shows that in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, no Republican presidential candidate is a shoo-in. Across the three states, tight battles are being waged for voters’ trust on Iraq, immigration and other key Republican issues and for control of pivotal groups including conservatives, white evangelicals and men. And it is Romney, not national front-runner Rudy Giuliani, who is ahead in New Hampshire and fighting for the lead in Iowa and South Carolina – three very different races. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has been surging lately in Iowa, but is having trouble expanding his appeal beyond white evangelical Protestants. Underscoring the tumult so far, only in Iowa do more than half of Republicans – 57 percent – say they strongly support their favorite candidate. That figure is lower in New Hampshire, 49 percent, and South Carolina, 44 percent, in an indication that many have yet to make up their minds. Further complicating Giuliani’s chances, one-fifth of Iowa Republicans and more than one-tenth in New Hampshire and South Carolina say they cannot support him. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAccording to the AP-Pew poll: In Iowa, where the Jan. 3 caucuses will provide the nation’s first votes, Romney has 25 percent support among Republicans, Huckabee 24 percent, Giuliani 14 percent and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson 12 percent. In New Hampshire, Romney has 37 percent, Giuliani 19 percent and McCain 15 percent. The primary is Jan. 8. In South Carolina, where the poll shows voters are less focused on the race, Romney and Giuliani have 19 percent each, Thompson 18 percent, McCain 13 percent and Huckabee 10 percent. Republicans there vote Jan. 19.last_img