WASHINGTON (CNN) – New polls shows former mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York, ahead in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire and Sens. Barack Obama, D-Illinois and Hillary Clinton, D-New York, neck and neck.
According to the from polls the American Research Group, Giuliani is the leading Republican candidate in all three states with former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts, coming in second in New Hampshire in Iowa, and former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, placing second in South Carolina.
On the Democratic side, Sen. Clinton in ahead in Iowa but neck and neck in New Hampshire with Sen. Obama. In South Carolina, Sen. Obama has the advantage.
Democrats IA NH SC Clinton 30% 31% 29% Edwards 21% 14% 18% Obama 15% 31% 33%
Republicans IA NH SC Giuliani 22% 27% 28% McCain 17% 10% 10% Romney 21% 26% 7% F. Thompson 13% 13% 27% Sampling Date: July 26-30 Sampling Size: 600 likely voters Margin of Error: +/- 4%
–CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai