Baptist preacher Huckabee wins 1st contest in US presidential race

Mike Huckabee, a Baptist preacher turned politician, rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to victory Thursday night in the Iowa caucuses, the first test in the race to choose the Republican candidate for US president. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards struggled for supremacy in a close Democratic contest. Huckabee, a virtual unknown until the final weeks of the campaign, handily defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite being outspent by tens of millions of dollars and after overruling his advisers in the campaign's final days by scrapping television commercials that would have assailed Romney.