Thompson Behind Paul, Huckabee in CNN Poll
The wheels continue to fall off Fred Thompson’s campaign, with a dismal showing in the latest CNN New Hampshire poll.
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has skidded into sixth place in a new CNN/WMUR poll of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, edged out by ex-Libertarian and anti-war congressman Ron Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Steven Taylor‘s not at all surprised, having long thought of Thompson as “the Rorschach Candidate who initially appeared to be all things to all people, but who would fade once he actually hit the campaign trail.” That’s been my take as well.
The continued rise of Paul and Huckabee is interesting, too.
Huckabee is expected to finish second in Iowa and a strong showing in New Hampshire would give him the national spotlight and at least a chance at being taken seriously by someone other than reporters looking for a story in a long, dull campaign.
Paul, on the other hand, seemingly has no path to the nomination, since he’s not polling well in any early state. He’s got plenty of cash on hand, though, and has been very frugal in spending it. I’m not sure how he breaks into the upper tier but there’s no reason for him to quit, either, if he’s polling respectably.
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