There may be a new national frontrunner in the Republican race for the White House.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, has vaulted over former New York City Mayor Giuliani for the first time in the Rasmussen Reports daily survey. Huckabee earned 20 percent of the likely primary vote compared to Giuliani's 17 percent.
The total was the lowest level of support Giuliani has ever recorded, underscoring the increasingly unpredictable nature of the GOP field. Five candidates are now within ten points of the lead. Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, and former Gov. Mitt Romney are at 13 percent, with former Sen. Fred Thompson at 10 percent.
The Rasmussen result caps off, what has been, a steady rise in popularity for Huckabee. Just two months ago, in the same survey, he was registering at a paltry four percent, well behind then leader Thompson.
Huckabee's rise has brought with it increased scrutiny and media attention. On Tuesday evening the Huffington Post broke the news that as Governor, Huckabee was warned repeatedly by victims of convicted rapist Wayne Dumond that Dumond had raped before and would likely strike again if released from jail. With Huckabees help Dumond was nevertheless granted parole and did, in fact, go on to rape and kill at least one other woman.