Rasmussen Reports: 2008 GOP Presidential Primary: Giuliani 30% McCain 22%
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll shows that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) continues to hold an eight-point lead over Senator John McCain (R) in the race for the Republican nomination. Giuliani now earns 30% of the vote, up from 28% a week ago. John McCain (R) has support from 22% while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remains in third at 12%.
Former Massachusetts Mitt Romney is back in double digits at 10%. Another former Governor Mike Huckabee registers just 2% as does Senator Sam Brownback. Senator Chuck Hagel registers support from 1% of GOP voters
The buzz around the ‘net is that John McCain is FADING and FADING fast. Mitt Romney is starting to make gains and Newt Gingrich is holding in the race without campaigning.
Is the GOP race already seeing shake-out?
With the California and Florida primary elections likely to be moved to Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008, the candidates better be able to establish a credible fundraising operation to buy all of those television spots. However, it doesn’t make donors especially happy to give if your candidate continues to trail Giuliani in poll after poll.
McCain is FADING in head to head match-ups with the Democrats as well.
While McCain continues to hold a solid second place in this polling, a separate survey shows he has lost ground in general election match-ups. In fact, for the first time in any Rasmussen Reports polling, McCain has fallen behind a Democratic competitor, trailing both Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. McCain may be hampered by the situation in Iraq (considered the most important issue by voters). Most Americans believe we should be reducing the number of U.S. troops fighting in that country while McCain supports the Presidentâ€™s call for more troops.
Giuliani continues to lead all Democrats–see a summary of these match-ups along with favorability ratings and perceptions of the candidatesâ€™ ideology. A summary is also provided for Democratic contenders.
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