September 12th, 2007
12:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani, Clinton on top in the Sunshine state

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani are the overwhelming front runners in the Democratic and Republican races for the White House, according to a new poll of Florida voters.

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

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Henry Tucker, Ga

    WOW – I find these results to be quite intriguing! With the low approval of President Bush and how democrats would have everyone believe the "sky is falling" – Rudy is neck-and-neck with Hillary and poll a winner against Obama and Edwards!

    One would think the democrats would be MILES ahead in any polls.

    The more positive news we hear from Iraq... the more other countries catch terrorists... the more we hear Hillary, Obama, Edwards (campaign scandal, "Chose to Lose" in Iraq, etc) the stronger Rudy or whomever the Republicans nominate become.

    September 12, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Republicans calling the Clintons disgracefull after all of the things that are comming out about how twisted the republicans trully are, is as amazing as adding 36,000 troops in a surge, and then acting as though you are reducing the number of troops by 30,000 a year later.

    Up is down
    War is peace
    hate is love

    and big brother loves you

    1984 y'all

    September 12, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    I think Hillary is the least electable in a general election. But She would beat Rudy in Florida. In Florida, the Key is to make enroads with Latino voters. They make up 20% of the population. Bush did well with this block of voters in 2004 in Florida. And Hillary would do well with them in 2008.

    September 12, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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