GOP leaders swap places in California

The Field Poll shows Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney in a close fight in California as voters dramatically shift their preferences among the GOP field.

Here’s an excerpt of the poll memo written by Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field:

During the past month, there has been a complete reordering of candidate preferences among Republicans likely to vote in California’s February 5th primary election.

Four weeks ago, Rudy Giuliani stood atop the field at 25%, followed by Mike Huckabee at 17%.

Now, John McCain, who was in fourth position in December, has vaulted to first place with 22%, just ahead of Mitt Romney, who is now in second place, with 18%.

Support for Giuliani has plummeted to 11% in the current poll, putting him in a tie with Huckabee for third place, just ahead of Fred Thompson (9%) and Ron Paul (7%).

The proportion of GOP voters who are undecided has grown to 21% and is nearly equivalent to that of frontrunner McCain.

Click here to link to the poll.

Click here to read the San Jose Mercury News story.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen