Republican Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani makes a campaign stop at Spill the Beans coffee shop Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, in Greenvillle,S.C.
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani will pick up the endorsement Friday of former GOP rival Tommy Thompson, a one-time Midwestern state governor.
“Rudy Giuliani has shown that he is a true leader. He can and will win the nomination and the presidency. He is America’s mayor, and during a period of time of great stress for this country he showed tremendous leadership,” Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor, said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
The former New York mayor is to accept the endorsement in South Carolina later Friday.
This endorsement helps the Mayor particularly in Wisconsin where the general election polls show Rudy and Hillary Clinton in a close race.
The presidential election is a toss up, at least in Wisconsin. A recent poll from Rasmussen Associates has the voters saying that when Hillary Clinton is matched up head to head with Rudy Giuliani, it comes out Clinton 43%, Giuliani 43%. When she is matched up against Fred Thompson, the margin is a bit bigger, 44% to 41% and with John McCain it is 43% to 40%.
But if her opponent were to be one of the other Republican candidates, she should do much better. Matched up against Mitt Romeny. Clinton gets 45% and the former Massachusetts Governor gets 35%.
Wisconsin has a history of being a very close state and its 10 electoral college votes are hard to gather up. For instance, in th last two elections, John Kerry carried the state by only 11,000 and four years before that, it was even tighter for Al Gore who won the state by 5,000.
Stay tuned for the official endorsement later in the day.
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