Mary Katharine Ham

The sermon notes sheet allowed worshippers to follow along in the preacher's message about civic duty as a part of responsible Christian faith.

Huckabee has drawn very large crowds in New Hampshire. A Sunday event called the "Chowderfest Meet and Greet" was moved from its original location in a local restaurant to a school gym to accommodate the 600-700 listeners.

His sign coverage on the state's snow-covered right-of-ways rivals Mitt Romney's and beats John McCain's.

But are the crowds there for Huck or Chuck? When Huckabee entered sans Chuck on Sunday, there were noticeable murmurs: "I thought Chuck was gonna be here? Where's Chuck?" Chuck was later announced to a standing ovation and much neck-craning and digital-picture snapping.

But voters in the room said the surging governor appealed to them with his plan for rehauling the tax system.

The McGuinesses, two Independent Huckabee supporters attracted to his Fair Tax plan, have been supporters for several months and predict the governor will surprise: "I think he'll do well in New Hampshire. He might not win, but he'll do well," said Richard McGuinness.

Other voters, such as the owner of the Lobster Tail restaurant, which was to host the event, went for the message of change offered by the unorthodox Republican—a sort of Obama-light, Obama-like admiration for the outsider.

"I've been thinking about what happened in Iowa and I'm happy," she said. "Somebody said it couldn't be done, but we're proving them wrong."

Still others threw in their lot with Huckabee when Fred Thompson didn't deliver upon his entry into the race.

Huck's hovering around 13 percent in polls, easily outdoing Thompson and Giuliani, who have passed on the state. A surprisingly strong showing would give him plenty of momentum heading into evangelical-friendly South Carolina.

So far, Huckabee's specialty has been being surprisingly strong. Today, we'll find out if Huck, Chuck, and the Big Man Upstairs are a draw in the Granite State.


Mary Katharine Ham

Mary Katharine Ham is editor-at-large of HotAir.com, a contributor to Townhall Magazine.

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