It was a big night for the entrance pollsters as the data was spot on. Some highlights:
-- Obama won every age group under 44 and lost every age group 45+. Clinton only won 60+
-- Obama won late deciders and early deciders; only lost among those folks who said they decided in the last week.
-- 57% said they were new caucus-goers, and Obama won them by double digits.
-- Issues weren't the driving force in Iowa as Obama won among all issue groups, including those folks who said the economy was the top issue, vs. Iraq vs. health care. By the way, Iraq and the economy were tied for most important issue among Dems.
-- The single most important number in the entrance poll on the Dem side: 52% of the electorate said they were looking for a candidate who "can bring about needed change." Obama won 51% of those folks.
-- Will Obama end up advertising on Match.com? He narrowly lost married voters (including married women), but won single voters by 19 points.
-- Edwards' centrist brand from '04 (and Southern accent) continue to make voters believe he's not a liberal. Edwards won the most conservative Dem caucus-goers going away, but lost the "very liberal" by 24 points.
On the GOP side:
-- There was a TREMENDOUS gender gap that propelled Huckabee as he killed Romney among women, 40%-24%, while winning men by just 3 points.
-- Huckabee had one devoted flock of supporters as he won every single slice of voters, including those who made their decision that day as well as those who made their decision a month ago.
-- More proof that Romney's attack ads didn't work? Huck beat Romney among those folks who said immigration was the most important issue facing the country. By the way, immigration was the top issue, followed by the economy, terrorism and Iraq. Huck won every issue group.
-- Here's an irony for Romney: The only ideological segment he won? Moderates. Didn't he used to be a moderate Republican governor?
-- The most important number in the entrance poll on the GOP side: 60%, the number of folks who said they were born-again Christians.