Republican Frontrunner: McCain or Giuliani?
John McCain has been running for president virtually non-stop since 1999 and was long considered the odds-on favorite for the Republican nomination. In recent months, he consistently polls behind the almost-certainly-more-liberal Rudy Giuliani among likely Republican voters.
The latest Rasmussen poll is no different, with Giuliani supported by 33% of Likely Primary Voters with McCain at 19%. Indeed, the 14 point gap between Giuliani and McCain is much wider than the gap between McCain and number three finisher Newt Gingrich (13%).
Still, Hotline‘s Amy Dudley sees signs of a McCain rebound. She thinks his President’s Day Weekend campaign trip through IL, OH, IA, FL and SC (for which he skipped the Senate debate on the non-binding Iraq War surge resolution) “paid off, gaining key conservative support in competitive states.”
So far, though, it’s not being picked up in the for-public-release polls.