Poll: Giuliani Falling, Clinton Holding Lead in Big Three Early Primary States

A new a new L.A.Times/Bloomberg poll shows Rudy Giuliani trailing among Republicans in three critical states with early primaries, while Hillary Clinton maintains her substantial lead among the Democratic contendders.

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, trails Mitt Romney in Iowa and New Hampshire among Republican voters, and he lags behind Fred Thompson in South Carolina. But Giuliani is only a few points behind the leader in New Hampshire and South Carolina--within the poll's margin of error--suggesting that the race in those two states is too tight for anyone to be declared a clear front-runner.

The poll also found that Republicans are only lightly committed to their favorite candidates. For example,

a sizable 72% of Iowa Republicans who favored a candidate said they might decide to back someone else.

It's a different story with the Democrats.


The poll found that Sen. Hillary Clinton has consolidated her lead on a sturdy foundation of support among women, blacks and, in some states, labor union households, while her rivals have so far failed to make the inroads they need to cut into her lead.

And while Clinton had established leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina, she appears to be gaining momentum in Iowa, long considered to be more friendly territory for former Sen. John Edwards.

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    Please please please (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by aj12754 on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 07:57:22 AM EST
    let Fred Thompson get the Republican nomination.  I simply cannot wait to see him try to debate Hillary on any subject whatsoever...the guy personifies the phrase "hollow man".

    As soon as Chris Matthews declares ... (none / 0) (#1)
    by chemoelectric on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 02:50:09 AM EST
    ... Ms. Clinton a shoo-in, we will know she has no chance of gaining the nomination. :)