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Tightening Up

From Boston.com's "Political Intelligence: "Barack Obama, neck-and-neck with Hillary Clinton in Iowa, has now surged into a tie in New Hampshire as well, according to a new poll."

John Dickerson detects a hint of panic in the Clinton camp in their calling out the big guns to stump for Hillary in the Nutmeg State: "With each minute, the Obama camp is locking in the swarms of new voters who attended Oprah's rallies. That's where the momentum is right now, and you can hear it in the beleaguered voices of the Clinton team. There was grumbling that the crowds at Bill Clinton's event were smaller than expected. Staffers and advisers make the occasional resigned statements about the wisdom of Iowa voters who can't be swayed by reason from their foolhardy decision to vote for the dreamer."

And on the Republican side, as the GOP candidates head into their final debate in Iowa before that state's caucuses, a Rasmussen daily Presidential Tracking Poll documents the Mike Huckabee surge. Not only is Huckabee in a statistical deadheat with Giuliani in a national poll, but the erstwhile Baptist preacher tops Romney by at least 16 percentage points in Iowa. On Point spoke to experts and watchers about what's behind Huckabee's sudden surge.

This program aired on December 12, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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