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GOP leaders swap places in California

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at 12:13 pm in 2008 presidential primary.

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.


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  • RR

    California Republicans mirror national sentiment. Guiliani has invested so much time and effort in Florida he’s been ignored elsewhere, a serious error on his part. A big win in Florida could change that, but it would have to be huge. As for Huckabee, his slapdash campaign fed on his early success. He’s not finished, but he’s definitely an underdog.

  • RR

    California Republicans mirror national sentiment. Guiliani has invested so much time and effort in Florida he’s been ignored elsewhere, a serious error on his part. A big win in Florida could change that, but it would have to be huge. As for Huckabee, his slapdash campaign fed on his early success. He’s not finished, but he’s definitely an underdog.

  • Renegade republican

    When I first met Rudy Guiliani he came out to the old Clash tune “Rudy can’t fail.” If he does not win in Florida the refrain from the song will be Rudy has Failed…. Rudy has Failed!!!!

    Maybe he will recieve enough absentee votes to make a good showing.

    It is too bad but Rudy does not connect with Republicans. If he pulls out of the race after Florida. Look for him to come back in 2012 if the Dems win in November. Like he did when he ran for Mayor of New York city the 2nd time.

  • Renegade republican

    When I first met Rudy Guiliani he came out to the old Clash tune “Rudy can’t fail.” If he does not win in Florida the refrain from the song will be Rudy has Failed…. Rudy has Failed!!!!

    Maybe he will recieve enough absentee votes to make a good showing.

    It is too bad but Rudy does not connect with Republicans. If he pulls out of the race after Florida. Look for him to come back in 2012 if the Dems win in November. Like he did when he ran for Mayor of New York city the 2nd time.