WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton are on top in a new poll of Florida voters.
Among Florida Democrats, 34 percent of those polled support Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York for the Democratic presidential nomination. The senator from New York is far ahead of her rivals in the new survey by Quinnipiac University. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is in second place at 16 percent. Al Gore is in third place even though the former vice president keeps insisting that he’s not interested in running for president. Former Sen. John Edwards is close behind in fourth place.
On the Republican side, Rudy Giuliani is the clear favorite. 31 percent of Republicans surveyed support the former New York mayor for their party’s presidential nomination.
The big surprise in this poll is who’s in second place at 14 percent - Fred Thompson. The former senator from Tennessee last week took his first formal steps towards a run for the White House. Thompson is followed by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, with 10 percent. The remaining Republicans are all in single digits.
The Sunshine State is becoming more of a player in the presidential primaries. The state just moved up its primary to January 29, 2008.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from May 24 to June 4 and telephone surveys of 1,174 registered voters. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 2.9 percentage
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser