GOP Pres ’08 Watch: Fred Thompson Running Strong
Two polls for your commenting pleasure. First, LA Times/Bloomberg (reg. req’d.) indicates Thompson trails Rudy Giulianni by 6 points:
Republicans antsy for a conservative standard-bearer in the presidential race have begun to rally behind Fred Thompson, propelling the former Tennessee senator to within hailing distance of the lead for the party’s nomination, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani holds first place in the survey, with support from 27% of the Republicans and independents who said they plan to vote in the party’s 2008 primaries.
But Thompson, an actor who played a prosecutor on NBC’s “Law & Order,” runs just behind, with 21%. Indications are he will join the race within the next month.
Then Rasmussen reports that Thompson and Giulianni are tied:
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has to share his spot atop the field of Republican Presidential hopefuls this week. The newest face in the race, former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, is now tied with Giuliani. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds each man earning support from 24% of likely Republican Primary voters. A week ago, Giuliani had a six percentage point lead over Thompson, 23% to 17%.
Meanwhile, McCain is falling fast and Romney can’t seem to get over the 12% hump. Is this the Thompson peak? Or will he pick up momentum as lesser candidates drop out (as Newt Gingrich has done….before he even entered!)?