Sen. Clinton, D-New York, leads her nearest Democratic presidential rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, by 29 points, according to the Quinnipiac University survey released today. In the Republican horserace, Giuliani, the former New York City Mayor, is up by 11 points over his closest rival, former Sen Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, who formally announced his candidacy last week.
If Clinton and Giuliani face off in the general election in November 2008, it seems that Floridians are split. The two candidates are deadlocked at 44 percent each in the hypothetical match up. But Giuliani comes out on top in hypothetical match ups with both Sen. Obama and former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina.
Florida has long been a major player in the general election. The 36-day Florida recount, of course, was responsible for settling the 2000 contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore. This time around, Florida should also be a heavyweight in the primary process. The Sunshine State has moved up its primary to January 29, just one week ahead of the score of states from coast to coast that will hold their contests on February 5.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,141 Florida voters from September 3-9, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser