Giuliani trails in three key primary states, a new poll shows.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – One day after a national CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll showed Republican White House hopeful Rudy Giuliani with a mere 1 point lead over newcomer to the race Fred Thompson, a new round of LA Times/Bloomberg polls indicates the former New York City mayor trails in three key primary states.
According to the state polls released Wednesday, Giuliani trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Iowa and New Hampshire, and also comes in second to Thompson in South Carolina. But Giuliani is just within the margin of error in the New Hampshire and South Carolina polls - an indication of an extremely tight Republican race for the White House four months before voters start to officially weigh in.
Romney, who has significantly out spent his rivals on advertising in Iowa, holds a 12 point lead over both Thompson and Giuliani in the Hawkeye State, 28 percent to 16 percent. The same poll shows former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in third place with 8 percent, 1 point higher than Arizona Sen. John McCain. Huckabee has focused the bulk of his efforts in Iowa, and was the surprise second place finisher in that state's straw poll last month.