According to Rasmussen, Mike Huckabee is currently in a three way tie for second place in national polls. (Rasmussen) While this is indeed a very encouraging number compared to where Huckabee was just months ago, I still do not see it as something that I am going to trumpet to people who sitting on the fence. The main reason being that the margin of error (+/- 4%) is such that things could be either significantly better or significantly worse for Huckabee. Another reason is that he has been as high as 14% in the same poll and is currently sitting at 12%.
Real Clear Politics, a group which takes the numbers from dozens of polls and averages them, still puts Huckabee in the single digits (%8.9). (link) There are some who would look at that number and their hearts might sink because it is significantly lower than the Rasmussen poll. I would differ with them. The RCP poll shows that Huckabee clearly has upward momentum. The fact that the more exposure he gets, the better he does, speaks very well for the future of his campaign. That is the poll I will most likely refer people to at this point because it shows beyond a shadow that Huckabee is climbing and is arguably more accurate.
Huckabee needs to break out of that three way tie. Right now there are still many Americans who do not take his candidacy seriously. If he can pull out ahead of the pack by four or five percentage points in the Rasmussen poll, the people of America will have to see him as viable. His upward momentum bodes well for him pulling away from the pack.
While I celebrate every poll that puts Huckabee in good standing, I will be ecstatic when Huckabee moves ahead by more than the margin of error.