November 16th, 2007
04:07 PM ET
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Poll: Electability drives Giuliani lead in Nevada

Rudy Giuliani campaigns in Henderson, Nevada

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Now that the Democrats are done debating in Las Vegas, it's time for the next act. Bring on the elephants.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely Nevada Republican caucus goers shows Rudy Giuliani in first place in the choice for a presidential nominee.

The former New York City mayor was the first choice of 29 percent in the survey out Friday.

Giuliani was campaigning in the Silver State earlier this week and he said that "we want to make sure that we give ourselves every chance to win Nevada."

Mitt Romney, who's campaigning in Las Vegas Friday, is in second place, at 21 percent. The former Massachusetts governor is followed by former Senator from Tennessee Fred Thompson with 14 percent and Senator John McCain of Arizona at 12 percent. Read the complete poll results (PDF)

The remaining GOP presidential candidates are all in single digits: Texas Rep. Ron Paul 8 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 4 percent, California Rep. Duncan Hunter 4 percent, and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo 3 percent.

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- CNN's Bill Schneider and Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Nevada • Poll numbers
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Pam, Ware MA

    I still don't understand how people think Rudi is actually quailfied!! He was a MAYOR! ONLY A MAYOR!! What foreign policy experience does he have?? Please someone tell me so I can understand where these Republicans are coming from ...

    November 16, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Scott J. Hoffman, Perrysburg Ohio

    Rudy Giuliani is not remotely electable. He is a Bush clone only worse. Out of the current Republican pool the only one who would defeat Hillary Clinton is Ron Paul. Not only would he win, he would destroy her. He would sweep the anti-war rug out from under her, and secure many fiscal conservative independents. Giuliani offers the worst of every platform. He wants amnesty. He is a big government tax and spender. He is terrible on civil liberties and human rights. He is pro war and interventionism. He would in sum result in the complete moral, financial, and diplomatic bankruptcy of our country.

    November 16, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. JD Rugby ND

    If Rudy is what we are considering "electable" then this nation is in a world of hurt. The very fact that some would consider this unscrupulous liar, lacking in character and integrity, a viable candidate to be our president is evidence that we are indeed a nation in decline. May God have mercy on US.

    November 16, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Steve, Portland, OR

    Yeap, as gullible as the American electorat is Giuliani just needs to keep mouthing 9-11 and people will flock to him like scared sheep.

    November 16, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    The fact that this absolute fraud is even being considered seriously for our nation's highest office is an outrage. This self-proclaimed crusader against terrorism dud absolutely nothing to prevent a second attack after the first World Trade Center bombing attempt in 1993. 8 years later, this self-described great administrator didn't even ensure that police and fire radios were in sync! So again, after 9/11 he did absolutely nothing except be visible in the streets and grab onto the issue of terrorism for his own political gain. Giuliani is no more qualified to be President than was George W. Bush. In fact, electing Giuliani would be exactly like giving Bush a third term: Same old cronyism; same old sucking up to the rich; same old lies, distorttions, and spin; same old stubbornness; same old failed economic, trade, and foreign policy; same old war. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, John McCain, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Mike Huckabee, John Edwards, or yes, even Hillary Clinton are FAR better suited for the presidency than Giuliani. Get smart, people, and DUMP this phony self-centered egotist and pretender! As President, he would be an unmitigated disaster, and we cannot afford two George W. Bushes back to back!

    November 16, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. seth, minneapolis

    Its funny. Guiliani is the least electable of anyone running. Married four time, his own kids not talking to him, pro war, pro choice, pro gay, corrupt and sleazy, no real experience. . . who exactly does he appeal to? The big pro-war gay vote? Republican abortion clinics? Anti-family Catholics? The only reason he's a supposed front-runner is because CNN has decided to only talk about him and Hillary.

    November 16, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    Good news for Rudy, at least for now. Soon the pandora box of Rudy's intrigues and misfeasances will fully open and his real self will be laid bare. I don't think republicans will like what they see. Yet in desperation they might still go with him for lack of another winnable candidate.

    November 16, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Chris, Pensacola FL

    I still don't understand how people think Rudi is actually quailfied!! He was a MAYOR! ONLY A MAYOR!! What foreign policy experience does he have?? Please someone tell me so I can understand where these Republicans are coming from …

    Posted By Pam, Ware MA : November 16, 2007 4:24 pm

    Don't worry, he is not electable. It's just what the corporate media is telling us. Nowadays I'm even beginning to wonder about the posters being "posers" from the media. Don't worry Pam, a revolt will happen if Rudy wins. But I seriously doubt he has ANY support other than paid advertisements and hobos. Just look at the majority of the comments on ALL his pages, pretty negative. I'd say he has like 4% of the national vote.

    November 16, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. jw, canadian,ok

    Wake up, Nevada – they're all a bunch of losers! Rudy Make Bugsy look like a choirboy.

    November 16, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Richard, St. Paul, Mn

    Does Giuliani look like Gollum (from Lord of the Rings) or is it just me?

    November 16, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. xtina- chicago IL

    Being Mayor of the city of New York is probably the best experience of all the candidates running next year, since NY is largest economy in the US !

    Leading New York City, especially having been a success in the job, makes Rudy Guiliani the most qualified. When he was elected to lead NY it was considered ungovernable. Specifically, Guiliani cut overall crime by 56%, and murder by 66%. NY was once the crime capital of the country; under him it became the safest large city in the US.

    He reduced the # of people on welfare by over 600,000.He cut over 20 city taxes and turned the city's $2.3 million deficit into a billion $ surplus. Those are just the highlights.

    No candidate is going to give you 100 percent of what our ideal President would be, but he comes very very close for a lot of Americans.

    November 16, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Dave Dayton, Oh

    Either way a liberal is in the White House. The Repubs clearly do not mind liberalism as long as it's "THEIR LIBERAL". You'll never catch the Dems picking Zell Miller for the nomination to combat a true conservative.

    The Repubs have shown their true colors, they will compromise their own values and principles to win.

    Any conservative who supports Rudy is a COWARDLY SELL OUT. I never knew that the threat of losing could turn a conservative to a liberal lover BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE SEEING.

    GET THE RUDY IN DRAG PHOTO'S OUT, this isn't going to be that competitive.

    November 16, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. xtina - chicago IL

    With all respect to commentors , especially TOM IN ALBUQUERQUE , who avoid naming specific accomplishments that their candidates have , your posts are bordering on hyperbole if you don't state what kind of leadership your candidate has on his or her resume. (And Im talking about executive experience, not Senatorial committee work, sitting in on "hearings" or programs begun out of tax hikes)

    November 16, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Vicki Akron, Ohio

    Rudy was only a Mayor running the biggest city in America! Taking down the mob, fixing Times Square & he wasn't in office during the First WTC bombing. WHAT IS HILLARY"S experience? She was First Lady that used that to become a Senator of a State where she didn't live.
    This blog is a bunch of self-righteous, judgmental people who can't get their facts straight. Rudy is a great person who has a family life like most people, dysfunctional. Bill & Hillary aren't exactly Ozzie & Harriet.

    November 16, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. frank tulsa ok

    Someone with integrity needs to highly recommend Bernie Kerick to Rudy as his VP, and keep insisting to the point of personally vouching for him based on his impeccable credentials.

    Bloggers for Bernie as VP!!!!

    November 16, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Elmer in Tennessee

    Who is Ron Paul? He has nothing in experience! McCain and Thompson can kiss it Good-Bye.

    November 16, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Andrew Smith, Haslett, MI

    I don't give a crap how electable a candidate is; I just want to know where he stands on the issues, and the poll shows that Nevada is a mirror for the trend in the Republican race. It's a wide open field and ANYONE could secure the nomination. The second-tier candidates are GAINING on the frontrunners and that means that the public is starting to realize that the top candidates in the polls are all smoke and mirrors, the same old schtick with no real solutions. The so-called second-tier candidates like Ron Paul, Kucinich, and Joe Biden are all picking up steam and are much better candidates! Come on, CNN, at least acknowledge the truth and stop focusing on the Guliani and Romney!

    November 16, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Sophie, Dallas TX

    Why would anyone elect someone who dresses in drag as a hobbie?

    November 16, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. N

    God save us from opportunists like this alleged 9/11 guy. He would be nothing without the events of 9/11 which made him very, very rich and famous. And now he wants the White House.
    Give us all a break.
    For more on this, see

    November 16, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. Michael, Houston, Tx

    Wow, I thought only the democrats could field such a slate of tragic candidate front-runners from the last few elections for president! I guess it is now the republicans time, although I still can't understand how the village idiot won two elections...

    Run, Rudy, Run! That would be a great present for the democrats and the media and late night comedians. With the number of skeletons he has, stick a fork in him, he is done! If you thought Kerik was his only flaw, you don't know Rudy! This is truly just the tip of the iceberg...

    November 16, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Jonathon, Los Angeles, CA

    Electability? What a crock. If Rudy is the Republican choice, I will be voting for a Democrat. Hillary is better than Rudy, and that's not saying much. Honestly, after watching the debates, I think Bush may be smarter than Rudy, and that's not saying much either.

    November 16, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    If Rudy Guiliani is electable, I'm Santa Claus.

    November 16, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  23. what a shame. la.

    humm, seems like most comments in here are from scared people!!

    November 16, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. Dorothy, White Salmon, Wa

    The only person I think can give Hilliary a close race is Mike Huckabee. For goodness sakes, you don't get the Religion Right votes when the videos come out with you asking for a divorce on TV with your girlfriend at your side. If Guilani gets the Republican nomination, I think it will divide the Religious Right to an Independent candidate.

    November 17, 2007 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  25. mark wilkes barre pa

    Tom from albuquerque NM,,,, my conservative values would not allow me to vote for Rudy,, Explain how your liberal values allow your love -in for hillary . your endless comments on her greatness are wasted by that fact that she might be the least or close to the least qualified candidate running on your side of the fence. All the big words in the dictionary cant help you avoid that fact. Hillary is the closest thing the dems have that resembles George Bush. Are you a closet republican ??

    November 17, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
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