December 5th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani, Clinton neck and neck in key states

Giuliani is neck and neck with Clinton is several key battleground states.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani may have greater support than their primary-season rivals in the vote-rich swing states that will play a major role in deciding the general election winner next year, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday.

But the hypothetical general election match-ups between the frontrunners in both parties remain neck and neck in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The biggest shift in opinion seems to have come in Florida, where the results changed from a 3-point edge for Giuliani last month to a 7-point advantage for Clinton this month. In Ohio, Clinton appears to have a 45 to 41 percent margin over Giuliani. In Pennsylvania, the race is tied at 44 percent of the vote for each candidate.

Clinton, alone among the Democratic primary field, beats or ties any of the major GOP primary candidates in all three states.

The Democratic primary results in Florida, which votes at the end of January, are: Clinton 53 percent, Obama 17 percent, with none of the other candidates receiving more than single-digit support. The Republican results were 30 percent for Giuliani, 12 percent for Romney 11 percent Huckabee and 10 percent Thompson.

Florida has been penalized by the national Democratic and Republican parties for setting its primary date so early in the cycle. National Democrats have said that none of the state’s delegates will be able to vote at the party’s nominating convention next summer; Republicans have vowed to cut the delegation’s voting strength in half.

“The primary match-ups on both sides appear to be driven in part by name recognition,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Since the candidates have not campaigned extensively in any of these states, the voters may be choosing up sides based on who they know.

“All that is likely to change after Iowa and New Hampshire convey instant name recognition on one or more of their rivals.”

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent in Ohio and Florida, and plus or minus 3 percent in Pennsylvania.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. jim Scottsdale AZ

    These are two Mass Egos I don't care if you are a republcina or a democrat this is the best you can come up with?

    Two crooks that say nothing and do nothing. Hillary is worthless and so is Rudy, it is a fight over two do nothings. There is only one party and that is the Washington Party and you people fall for that crap.

    We are 60 trillion in debt, jobs going off shore, everything made in China the dollar is worhtless, the Govt is bailing out Wall Street and all you talk about are Republcians and Democrats.
    We deserve the idiot in the White house and these left over candidates.

    December 5, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |


    December 5, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Billy Rubin

    "The Democratic primary results in Florida are:"

    The primary has not happened yet, CNN. How then, do you have the results?

    December 5, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Rus, Whitburn, UK

    This is from an article posted on the web December 5th, 2008: "Polls paint a confusing picture. Among Democrats nationwide, Clinton holds a big lead over Obama and is still perceived as the candidate most likely to win in November. But that advantage evaporates when the two are matched up against leading Republicans. In surveys of voters from both parties, Clinton has a narrow, four-point lead over Rudy Giuliani in a recent NEWSWEEK POLL; Obama has a three-point lead. But against other Republicans, Obama comes out ahead, leading Mitt Romney by 16 and Fred Thompson by 13, compared with four points for Clinton in both scenarios."

    December 6, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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