Well, looks like that strong showing in the straw poll helped quite a bit after all.

From CBS:

While the Democratic contest in Iowa has been a three-way battle for some time, most polls have shown Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, with a strong lead in the Hawkeye State, dominating the GOP field. Recent surveys, however, have shown Huckabee picking up steam, and he is well within striking distance in the CBS News/New York Times poll, where he trails Romney, 27 percent to 21 percent, with a 5 percent margin of error. […]

While Romney still leads in Iowa, his support base is far softer than that of Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor whose campaign has gained momentum in recent weeks. Half of Huckabee supporters said they had made up their mind, compared to two-thirds of Romney supporters who said they could change their mind before caucus night. Overall, 57 percent of GOP caucus-goers said they haven’t settled on one candidate.

Why the strong support behind Huck? Well, I’m betting that values voters are lining up behind him because he is far and away the most vocal religious conservative on the campaign trail. Plus, he doesn’t sound like he’s full of crap.

Still, can he pull it off? Especially with such a small bankroll?

And to that point, check out the green Romney’s throwing around…

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has spent $10.2 million on television advertising this year, a record amount at this point in a presidential campaign, according to new data provided to CNN.

He is spending more than $85,000 a day — $600,000 last week alone — on campaign commercials, according to TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN’s consultant on political television advertising spending. Romney’s presidential campaign commercials have aired more than 14,500 times. The closest Republican to Romney in ad spending is Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has aired more than $300,000 worth of campaign ads.

Huckabee’s got an uphill battle, but wouldn’t it be something if he did shock the world and pull off a win or at least an incredibly strong showing in Iowa with virtually no ad dollars?

Politics Huckabee Moving Up In Iowa