January 14th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Four-way tie in Florida

Giuliani is focusing most of his resources on Florida's January 29 primary (Photo Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Rudy Giuliani has enjoyed Florida nearly all to himself over the last several weeks as most of his rivals battled it out in the earlier-voting states, but a new poll out of the state Monday suggests the former New York City mayor's onetime dominant lead there may have evaporated.

According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, John McCain has the top spot in Florida with 22 percent. Rudy Giuliani is a razor-thin 2 points back at 20 percent. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are essentially tied with Romney at 19 percent. Fred Thompson is at 7 percent.

Giuliani has focused the majority of his campaign resources in Florida, which votes January 29, deciding to largely bypass many of the states that vote earlier in the presidential primary calendar but are worth significantly les delegates.

In an interview Sunday, Giuliani said Florida - with a large population of transplanted New Yorkers - was a state that naturally favored his candidacy.

"The reality is as these primaries played out, certain people were very strong in some, and you had to look for the opportunity where you had the best chance to demonstrate your strength," he said. "And it turned out that the analysis was that Florida was the best place for us to do it."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Florida
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. John S. Maine

    Mitt will win or come a close second in Michigan and continue to pick up more delegates and carry the popular vote into Florida and beyond.

    Mitt Romney is the most competent and qualified leader in the race. He is honest and has plans to unite our Country to be stronger and vibrant!

    Mitt Romney in 2008!

    January 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Wayne, Greenville TX

    In other words, they're all tied for fourth place.... 🙂

    January 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Attacked by the Establishment

    I think Ron Paul will have a lot to say about who winds up where after election night! As I watch the evening news every day and I see how far down the toilet we have taken this country since the 60s, I can understand why the two party system is a joke. The Dems are kissing the rear ends of people who already have special laws made just for them so why should they play the game. (Hillary will win on the Dem side) Caucasians in this country Dem or otherwise do not respect people who have special laws and rules made just for that group of people so they will not vote for minorities especially on a national level. Now, if the powers within the socialist fabric of our government that run everything can somehow bring themselves to do away with the divisive laws and rules such as so called civil rights laws (passed against Southern States only), Affirmative Action Laws (passed against all others except Africans) and quota systems (same as AAL) then maybe we can get on to the business of working together in this country. But that may not happen because radicals on both sides would have nothing to gain by creating peace and cooperation between the people of this country.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate willing to tell the truth and if truth trumps everything else in this world then perhaps the people will see the light before we get more of the SOS.

    Don't waste your money put it on the man with a plan- Ron Paul

    January 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Mario

    Go Mitt! don't vote for insane McCain, he wants to let illegal aliens into this country and has a bad habit of not remembering where he is, he is to old.

    Hickupbee is a lost idiot.

    Go Mitt!

    January 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. sal lincoln nebraska

    Watch out the most corrupt of the bunch MR. RUDY NO ONE LIKES ME IN NEW YORK AND NO MAJOR NEWSPAPER WILL TELL THE REST OF THE NATION WHAT IM REALLY LIKE GULIANI has been spending all his time and money in florida. Why? you may ask, why hasnt he been campaigning with the rest of them in the other elections, well you dont need to get the popular vote in this country to win an election the goatdance electoral college will tell us who we want for them, so why campaign in a state like nebraska that has no few votes, when you can go for new york and florida and california. So watch out the most corrupt of them all has been doing his dirty business down there, FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD REMEMBER 2000 AND GEORGE BUSH

    January 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Hershel

    I hope Rudy's strategy plays out to be as good as he thought, but conventional wisdom dictates that he ought to have gone to the early states to at least remain on the screen... that’s free advertising!

    January 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. G.T.O,

    I can see Rudy now passing out the I will free Havana bumper stickers.

    January 14, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Doug

    Democrats will win in 2008 if Giuliani is our nominee. Instead, we need a balanced candidate. We need a candidate that unites the Republicans. That candidate must bring the fiscal, security, and social conservatives together. It’s the only way we can win.

    Huckabee brings only the social conservatives.

    Giuliani brings only the security conservatives.

    McCain brings security conservatives. But the Republican base despises him, for good reason.

    Mitt Romney can unite all 3 wings of the Republican Party. And he is the smartest candidate.

    Please consider Romney’s qualifications. He graduated as Valedictorian from BYU. Romney then graduated in the top 5% from Harvard, earning an MBA with honors. Mitt Romney does not drink, smoke, or swear, He is a wholesome family man who married his high school sweetheart. He is a successful businessman. He founded one of the nation's most successful venture capital and investment companies. They guided many struggling companies to success. He turned around the 2002 Winter Olympic Games that had been sinking with $379 of debt. The games ended up with $100 million in profit and Romney donated all his salary to charity.

    As the successful Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt implemented a health care plan that covers all residents and costs less to the state than before it was started. He would bring that blue Democratic state to the Republicans in the general election. Most of all,

    Romney knows how the economy works and how to bring our jobs back! No illegal aliens will be given amnesty with Romney in the White House. They will be sent home.

    The Democratic National Committee, fears a Mitt Romney nomination. That is why they rally their operatives in the media to pump up his rivals. Don’t fall for it.

    I really believe Mitt is the best man for the job!!

    January 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Attacked by the Establishment

    Ol Rudy could moved down there and not win! Ron Paul will wind up with more votes and might even beat Ol Fred!

    January 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Shannon Shiflett

    I don't think you can be a decent human being and still vote for a republican in this election after what they have done to our great country.

    January 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. ben' ny.NY

    fred and rudy that's winning tkt

    January 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Scott

    Romney and Rudy are both finding out that just "being there" early and spending lots of money doesn't translate into votes – Voters actually have to agree with your positions and there is a definite ceiling to that number.

    Giuliani probably could have spent half the time he spend in FL in the early states and been in the same FL position but a much higher IO & NH position. I don't think anyone will be trying his strategy in 2012.

    January 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Joe Vanderbosch, Appleton, WI

    I guess Floridians are not as impressed as Rudy would hope for in his constant three words he shells out all the time, "A noun, a verb, and 9/11".

    January 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Douglas

    Rudy....Rudy....Rudy....from an " OLD " movie...
    You can dress up for the game...but you won't be playing today !!!

    January 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. warren-Mich

    It seems to me that if McCain wins Mich and S.C. he will lock up the nomination before Florida or use Florida to cap it off.
    The Dems may actually battle thru Fla and the super tues primaries while the gop may settle on a candidate (assumes McCain at 71 or 72 remains alive thru the convention)

    January 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Rudy Who?

    Go Ron Paul !

    January 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. William Decker

    Rudy, You're finished, kaput, down and out. What idiot told you that you could slump off Iowa, nh, carolina, mich, etc. without harming your candidacy? You've become an afterthought, expendable, trivial and forgotten. BTW....Ask any ny/nj resident what they thought of you on 9/10, 2001. After you get the answer you may understand why even transplanted nyers can't stomach the thought of a Giuliani presidency.

    January 14, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Mark

    What's a "dominate" lead? I assume you mean a "dominant" one. Honestly, you'd think professionals could get this stuff right... it's bad enough when laypeople mess it up.

    January 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. grant

    He has no money; he went to new hanpshire 126 times and spent millions of dollars only to watch his numbers drop. this strategy is by default, not design.

    January 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. J.Crobuzon

    Fred Thompson is running for president? Are you kidding me?

    January 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. veronica

    Bye Bye Rudy!

    January 14, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Val Davydov


    Well done. I agree with you 100%.

    January 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Ivelisse

    if Rudy looses Fl, he is toasted.... he is gambling BIG TIME depending in only one state to keep his candidacy alive come Super Tuesday....

    Mit is pathetic....2 second places, after MILLIONS of dollars in campaign says a lot about him....

    Fred is too lazy to go anywhere....

    Ron Paul have a lot of good qualities, but is not making any head way....

    come Super Tuesday, this will be between Huckabee and McCain.....

    January 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Nando, Florida

    Those are all his Staffers for a Media shot, They had just left Denny's becuase he is running out of money and said he would try to Back Pay them on 9-11.

    January 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Peter

    Florida should not punish democrats. Obama have my vote. I live in florida and would like to vote for him. If Hillary get nominated, I hope Micheal Bloomberg comes into the race since I don't want to vote republican.

    January 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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