Burst into tiers

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Are Repub­li­can White House hope­fuls neck-and-neck or ear-toear? With his sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Iowa straw poll, for­mer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huck­abee has moved to “the front of the back of the pack,” ac­cord­ing to Wash­ing­ton ra­dio sta­tion WMAL’s Fred Grandy on Aug. 13.

Mr. Huck­abee, how­ever, cred­ited his gui­tar play­ing for his sur­prise plac­ing in the poll, which gave him 18 per­cent of the votes, com­pared with 32 per­cent that went to Mitt Rom­ney, the for­mer Mas­sachusetts gov­er­nor who spent plenty to pro­mote him­self be­fore­hand. Pun­dits, mean­while, are squeak­ing that the af­fa­ble Mr. Huck­abee is mov­ing to­wards life as a “first-tier” can­di­date.

But that ain’t it, ap­par­ently.

“ ‘Free Bird’ is what did it,” Mr. Huck­abee said, cit­ing the South­ern­fried an­them by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which he played on a bass gui­tar with Capi­tol Of­fense, his own rock band, which ser­e­naded poll par­tic­i­pants on Aug. 11.

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