New York Times: Edwards, Giuliani Lead Pack in North Carolina
But whatever Edwardsâ€™ appeal to fellow North Carolinians, he could not forestall the Republicansâ€™ seventh consecutive presidential win in the GOP-leaning Southern state: The ticket of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney won North Carolina comfortably over the Kerry-Edwards ticket, by 56 percent to 44 percent.
The poll that showed Edwards ahead among Democrats gave former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani the lead in a field of potential Republican candidates. Giuliani â€” who also is showing strongly in national polls on the GOP race â€” led with support of 30 percent of the likely North Carolina Republican primary voters.
The mild surprise was that the close runner-up was not Arizona Sen. John McCain, another national poll front-runner, who was third with 23 percent.
Rather, it was former Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich, the House Speaker from 1995 to 1999, favored by 29 percent of the respondents.
Another poll lead for the Mayor.
It is surprising in this poll that Mitt Romney is doing so very poorly. Is this now a two person race in North Carolina?
And when is the North Carolina primary election?
Super Tuesday – February 5, 2008: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia (which will nominate a candidate at a state nominating convention)
Q1 There will be a number of people running for President in 2008 as Republicans. Some of the most talked about are Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich. If the Republican primary were today which of these men would you vote for, or would you vote for somebody else? If you would vote for Rudy Giuliani, press 1 on your key pad now. If for John McCain, press 2. If for Mitt Romney, press 3. If for Newt Gingrich, press 4. If youwould vote for somebody else, press 5.
Romney …………….. . 6%
Gingrich …………….. .29%
Somebody else …… .13%
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