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Huckabee listens to a customer at Lizard's Thicket restaurant in Columbia, S.C. A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll of Republican-leaning voters nationwide, conducted Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, showed that Huckabee, once sixth in the GOP field, had pulled into second place, close behind Rudolph W. Giuliani. His surge was cited by Tom Tancredo as one of the reasons he dropped out of the race. More recent polls show Huckabee well ahead of the pack in Iowa, which holds its presidential caucuses Jan. 3.Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times