DES MOINES, IOWA - In the Iowa caucuses, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee won this opening contest for the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee relied on support from fellow evangelical Christians and the message that money shouldn't matter in politics.
Huckabee campaigned on a common-man theme that hope and optimism matter most, upsetting wealthy rival Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who spent millions to boost his profile, turn out voters and attack Huckabee on television.
Huckabee faces a tougher challenge in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Romney has spent more time there and is better known, being from neighboring Massachusetts. Huckabee began running television commercials there two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Clinton was unbowed by a third-place finish in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. The former first lady of Arkansas and the U.S. hailed the event a "great night for Democrats" and said the strong turnout pointed for sure to the election of a Democratic president in November. She said she would "keep pushing hard." Clinton congratulated caucus winner Senator Barack Obama and second-place finisher, former Senator John Edwards. As former President Clinton and the Clintons' daughter Chelsea stood with the candidate, Hillary Clinton said she was very ready to lead.