by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
May 24, 2007
GIULIANI NOW LEADS OBAMA, CLINTON TRAILS IN AR POLL RESULTS
BRADENTON, Fla., Sept. 28, 2007 -- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), widely perceived as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has fallen far behind her chief Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Osama (D-IL), and Republican former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the ongoing American Reporter Presidential Poll that began in late May.
Giuliani leads with 15 percent of 403 votes cast to Obama's 14 percent and Clinton's 10 percent.
The unscientific results seem to reflect the wider American electorate's uncertainty at this point in the 2008 presidential campaign.
Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, has shown surprising strength despite a generally low rating in most other polls. The results may indicate that McCain's slippage has bottomed out, and he is rebounding as a credible GOP candidate.
Sen. John Edwards' poll standing remain low, and are less concsistent with his standing in Iowa, for instance, where he ranks with Clinton and Barack Obama at the top of the polls.
Rep. Ron Paul, whose high vote totals shocked the professionals after both Republican debates so far, has 31 votes - a fairly good indication of his relative strength.
Failing to draw significant support were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. Sam Brownback, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut.
Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado had three times the support of Romney and Edwards, far better-known candidates. Sen. Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama were tied at 12 percent in May, but Edwards has slipped to 3 percent while Obama climbed to 14 percent. Clinton stands at 10 percent, having dropped significantly since August.
Giuliani drew 15 percent of the vote to Obama's 14 percent Clinton's 10 percent. Giuliani was not favored in most polls of the conservative Republicans who make up the bulk of the party's primary voters. They generally oppose his positions on abortion, civil unions and immigration, yet his appeal to the wider American public is undeniable.
But as other candidates have failed to excite these conservatives, Giuliani has risen to become their favorite, trailed by Romney in national polls but far ahead of Romney - who still seeks national name recognition - in the AR Poll.
McCain had lost popularity as an outsopoken defender of the Administration's strategy for the Iraq war. However, it is not widely believed that he is of so little appeal he cannot yet win primary elections, as he did in defeating President Bush in New Hampshire by 18 points in 2002. He was well-received recently on "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno's NBC talk show.
In fact, after slipping badly, a recent national poll in New Hampshire showed McCain with 18 percent of the vote, slightly behind Giuliani and Romney, and his prospects as a "comeback" phenomenon are on the rise. He has 11 percent in the AR Poll.
Giuliani, with 15 percent, is far ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has just 3 percent, but some polls show the telegenic Romney leading the Republican field.
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