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A Wall Street Journal blog item on Mike Huckabee's modest fund-raising closes with his continued work on Rudy Giuliani, who's enjoying deep support among Republicans despite a checkered personal life.

A Baptist minister, Mr. Huckabee expressed impatience with the political choices so far of some religious conservatives. In the March Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Mr. Giuliani led among Republicans with 38%; even among evangelical voters, the twice-divorced former New York City mayor, a supporter of abortion rights, received 37% to 2% for Mr. Huckabee.

“If Republicans in this election vote in such a way as to say a candidate’s personal life and personal conduct in office doesn’t matter,” he declared, “then a lot of Christian evangelical leaders owe Bill Clinton a public apology.”

And here, the LA Times leads with a small turnout in Iowa for Huckabee (no TV present) to illustrate the plight of second-tier candidates seeking traction. They are playing hard right, the LAT notes.

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