One Republican Frontrunner Almost Tied with Senator Obama; the Other Still Trails

For the first time in several weeks at least, there’s a major split in how well the Republican Presidential frontrunners are doing against one of the major Democratic candidates as measured by Rasmussen’s head-to-head polling (survey conducted August 6-7)…

  • Rudy Giuliani 43%
  • Barack Obama 44%
  • Fred Thompson 39%
  • Barack Obama 46%
Three quick comments…
  1. Was it the invade Pakistan comment, or is it just a generic wearing-out of his freshness that’s causing Obama to lose support to the GOP frontrunner with more executive experience?
  2. If Obama loses the electability argument, he’s going to get crushed by the Clinton machine.
  3. This result is a sign that Fred Thompson has pushed the non-candidacy phase of his candidacy as far as is useful.

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16 years ago

As many on this blog have observed, these polls don’t mean much in reality at this point, even if they are based on likely voters. . . because the only initial poll that will matter is Iowa Dem. caucus-goers.
I do think that Obama is losing ground in the general population at this point. I think people get tired of the flavor of the month after a while. And the more he talks, the more he shows that he’s still got a long way to go to be ready for prime time. BUT — keep in mind that he will get better.

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