December 20th, 2007
10:28 AM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani loses national lead, poll says

Giuliani and Romney are now tied nationally, a new poll says.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has lost his once-comfortable lead among Republicans nationwide, according to a new poll out Wednesday night - a setback for the former New York City mayor, who has been banking on his national appeal to offset a potentially less-than-stellar performance in the early-voting states.

Giuliani stands at 20 percent in the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll - a showing that puts him in a dead heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In a similar poll taken six weeks ago, Giuliani held a 22-point lead over Romney.

Three other candidates also register double-digit national support - an indication the Republican presidential race continues to be wide open two weeks ahead of the official kickoff of the presidential primary season.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is at 17 percent, Arizona Sen. John McCain stands at 14 percent, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is at 11 percent.

On the Democratic side, the race seems to be less competitive nationally. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is at 45 percent - two points fewer than where she was in a similar survey six weeks ago. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is also down two points from the earlier poll, now at 23 percent. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is at 13 percent, while the rest of field registers in the single digits.

Related video: New CNN Poll shows tight race in Iowa

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Chelsea, Columbia Falls, MT

    Woot! Hooray for Mitt! I knew Giuliani couldn't do that well forever!

    December 20, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Nathan, Seattle, WA

    This, combined with his lack of media attention recently, probably shows that once again Giuliani has lost interest a political race; just has he did when running again Clinton for the Senate in 2000.

    December 20, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. p-brain, Bucyrus, OH

    Obviously, Guiliani didn't say he loved Jesus often enough for the Bible-thumping Repubs. LOL!

    December 20, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Rudy needs to go the way of Sam Brownback and Tom Tancredo. He has no business running for president.

    December 20, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Ajay Jain, Dallas, USA

    People, polls and pundits have unfairly exaggerated thyew importance of the IOWA caucuse results. Super Tuesday is all that matters. Why do all the pollsters behave as if 2008 cycle is like any other? It is NOT. Super Tueesday is different this time and organization and money will matter.

    Hillary has BOTH on her side and she is doing well nationally so GO HILLARY!

    December 20, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Rodney Dallas TX

    Way to go Hillary. Continue kicking butt.

    December 20, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. I. Dern, Farifax, VA

    Can an LDS Bishop be elected president? Wouldn't he legally have to resign his bishopric?

    Why has no one asked Romney to resign his bishopric? Isn't that unconstitutional?

    December 20, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    As time begins to unfolds, Mitt will most probably continue to shine. He is the most talented of the pack. His business genius will be needed for our country and the economy in the near future. The American people are finally piecing things together in this regard. He will be tough on crime, terrorism and illegal immigration as well.
    GO MITT!!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Americans, Everywhere

    CNN so obviously favors " CERTAIN candidates."

    Journalism is supposed to require total impartiality.

    How about it?

    December 20, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Lars, DC

    Go Mitt 2008!!

    December 20, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Nick - Mason, OH

    Is it a coincidence that the same day Giuliani loses his lead in national polls he ends up in the hospitial sick. I would be sick too if I ran such an inept campaign.

    What's that sound? Oh, that's just Guiliani's campaign hitting the fan.

    December 20, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    The phony "hero" (9-11 Rudy) loses out to the man with the perfect hair.
    Mitt is an empty suit, with no scruples and core beliefs other than his desire to be President and use that as a ticket to go to heaven as a god on some planet that he can populate with all the wives he'll be entitled there.
    Being an empty suit, where you can imagine him standing for whatever position you want him to, makes Mitt the perfect republican candidate. The only chinks in his armor are the Mormon beliefs that won't play well to the republican Christian "base" when the details of it emerge.

    Huckabee exploited that to a degree. Perhaps a theocratic slug-fest is in order as the Republican Party reaps the silliness of what they have sown by injecting religion into politics, science and even our foreign affairs.

    December 20, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. MIKE, NC

    GO MITT!!!
    GO MITT!!!
    GO MITT!!!
    GO MITT!!!

    December 20, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Go Romney!

    December 20, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Brian

    Go Romney!!! Your the leader we need!

    December 20, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. John Allen Boston, MA

    It was only a matter of time. Giuliani was only the front runner because of name recognition. Now tha people have gotten to know Mitt Romney, it is obvious he is the superior choice. The man is smart, hard working, conservative, a financial wizard, and a brilliant administrator. Just the kind of person the country needs to lead us forward, and just the kind of guy the GOP needs to unite its divided members. I'm voting for Mitt.

    December 20, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, this shouldn't come as any great surprise since his positions are a lot more towards a moderate level that most people could support. I don't think that I would vote for him any way.

    December 20, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Karen Houston TX

    Mitt Romney would be the best thing that could happen to his country economically. He is a financiail and business genius and if anyone can stream line government and get control of spending and taxes it would be him.

    He has done remarkable things that astound even the most capable economic experts.

    Vote ROMNEY 2008 and we will still be able to afford to live in America!

    December 20, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Independence day, USA

    It is time for a strong third party to emerge. The GOP will give us either a Giuliani, Romney or Huckabee while the Dems will put forth another Clinton or Barrack? They can't be serious. The citizens of this country contribute $100's of millions to the parties and this is what we get to choose from.
    Na, something doesn't smell right....the party machinery on both sides are way too comfortable. It is time to shake things up by adding some competition!

    December 20, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |

    Only Polls worth looking at are Exit Polls. Only when you poll everyone exiting.

    December 20, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Ian, Eastham MA

    So where's the other 18%?

    December 20, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Oracle

    Rudy/Huckabee will win because of others continued blind stupidity.

    December 20, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Tiffany, Georgetown, KY

    i am ashamed to call myself a republican in this election. why? because the republican party and media are ignoring the only real candidate who can win. Romney. People can't get over the fact that mormons were polygamists over 150 years ago, back when we still allowed slavery, and thus refuse to acknowledge his supreme leadership, knowledge, skill, and diplomacy. It is disgusting the double standard to which he is being held. His private life matters, but Guiliani's and Clinton's do not. pathetic.

    December 20, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Ginger Salida, CO

    It's such a sad statement for our nation that "christians" are falling for a wolf in sheep's clothing. Ewwwwwwwwwwww!
    Remember that Hitler was a Christian and also believed he was doing the work of God- history repeats itself.

    December 20, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Lee, Ann Arbor, MI

    Why is it such a problem for Romney to be a Mormon and a huge discussion is made about it, but there is NO MENTION THAT HARRY REID IS A MORMON???

    December 20, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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