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. tim

    Doug, I'm proud of you man. It seems like nobody else gets it. You hit it right on the money. Romney all the way babie! Let's change Washington and America and the World for good!

    January 14, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Joseph Balletta

    We have seen already that polls don't mean anything when peoples sensibilites can be changed by t polls overnight. I don't think we should judge a candidate by polls but through sustantial debates and not the ones that are telecast now!

    January 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Jeff Janoff

    Please check you grammer:

    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 "less" delegates.

    "less" should be changed to "fewer"

    January 14, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Doug

    Sorry, $379 of debt in my post above should have read $379 million of debt.

    January 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. wordslinger

    Giuliani's campaign always perplexed me. You can't win by losing. It's like resting your starters before the playoffs. You've got to go all out to the end.

    January 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Rob

    Its really time to look at the most qualified candidate without the media bias that has been put against him recently.

    Mitt Romney raised the most money in the beginning (and maybe even still now) and used it to get his name out there, because he really has a desire to help America become a better place for our families.

    The press have made him the poster child of "Negative Advertising" and McCain and Huckabee have used that to their advantage, firing personal insults his way every chance they get.

    The truth is that Now that McCain is seeing real funds for the first time, he is using them the same exact way that he accuses Mitt Romney of using his funds. Its shameful for McCain, considering the amount of whining and complaining to the press and supporters.

    Lets do the right thing, and support someone that can truly run a country, not a man who supports the current system in Washington and embraces it every chance he gets. We need real change from a real republican, and only Mitt Romney can give us that.

    January 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. peggy

    What A merica needs are two clean candidates without hx. following them.A neat combo would be Edwards and Huckabee.THAT WOULD BE A DIFFICULT CHOICE!!

    January 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Doug wrote: "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."

    Doug it is the Conservative Republicans who have kept the border open to illegal immigrants. While many Democrats would happily stamp "Citizen" on the back of their hands as illegal immigrants come over the fence, Corporate Conservatives – who call the shots in the Republican Party – prefer illegals. No social security payments, no record keeping, no OSHA, no oversight, no minimum wage, no nothing. Why do you think NOTHING regarding immigration was accomplished when Republicans controlled the Presidency, the Senate, and the House. Because they didn't think of it?

    Rank-and-file conservatives like you have been sold a bill of goods by the Conservative leadership. You vote for a flag burning amendment and you get open borders. You vote against gay marriage and you get a multi-trillion dollar deficit. You vote for prayer in the schools and you get polluted air. You vote against abortion and you lose your health insurance. And where is the flag burning amendment, the anti-abortion laws, the fiscal "conservatism" and the marriage amendment? Conservative leaders don't have the time or the interest after they hayseeds have put them back in office. How many times are you suckers going to fall for the same con job?

    If Romney wins, he will do NOTHING about illegal immigration. It would hurt profits.

    January 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Mike

    Im voting Obama.... Only obama, I refuse to let another republican get the white house and shape it to their needs unless the democratic nominee is Sen. Clinton. I even more dont like the fact of a Clinton back in office.

    January 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. G, Margate, FL

    before 9/11 I did not know who Rudy was and can somebody tell me what has he done to make him qualify to president? I would rather cast my vote for Mr Ron Paul.

    January 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. FATillery

    If Mr. Giuliani only raised enough money to "cherry pick" which states he would campaign, then he should not even be in the race. Every state deserves to take a look at prospective candidates in order to see if he/she is worthy of the Presidency. Remember, they are runnning for the President of the United States, not of just Florida or South Carolina.

    When you campaign in states, your message should hopefully allow you to raise more money to continue in other states. If not, you are probably not the person to lead our nation. Unfortunately, money is almost the same as votes in this race. If you are not adding to your campaign funds, it seems to me that the populace is not really excited about you or your message.

    Those states you skipped have delegates that will be present at the National Convention. What are they to think of you when you did not even come to their state?

    By the way, do you know that our current President has never visited the State of Vermont in the nearly eight years he has been in office? What a shame! Are they not a part of our nation?

    I wish there would come a time when the Presidency rises above any Political Party. When you are the President, you represent the entire nation not just the Red or Blue states that favor you.

    Just a thought...


    January 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Paul Sanders Huntsville Alabama

    This nation was formed on the premis of the Constitution, not a welfare, wealth redistribution society. Wake up America, do you really want Communism?

    January 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Little Dave - AZ

    Am I the only one that finds all of these super close races a little odd?? Is it because the polls are all skewed and nobody wants to take the heat for being wrong? I mean – how is this even statistically possible? It happens way too often.

    January 14, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Del

    Rudy carries as much questionable garbage with him as the clintons. On 9/11 he was the mayor , he was doing his job nothing more. Something as terrible as that , one has to do what they think is best, mistakes will be made but good decisions will be made also. But any mayor of a large city would have responded the same way at the time . Can't rely on past experiences on that one. But all that doesn't produce presidential material. He was a mayor. Also some people would like to know what he's been telling the illegals in Florida . Is he telling them how he plans to handle the illegal imigration there??? Is he like the clintons depends on where they are as to what they are saying. But if it upsets anyone they will deny it tomorrow.and say they were misunderstood For the Americans citzens it seems to be a losing battle all the way around.

    January 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. ann

    I wish people would look at history before assuming that Massachusetts will vote Republican if Romney is the nominee. It won't. Massachusetts has a long history of Republican governors, especially when voters are tired of the shenannigans of the Democratically controlled legislature. Most recently, Republican governors served from l988 until 2007. One of them was Romney and he served one term, during which he was out of state campaigning for president for two thirds of the time. People were so fed up with him, they voted in a Democrat. The universal health care plan is a mess. And now he's trying to buy the presidency, outspending all others by large margins. He has had great personal success in the private sector, but he does not know how to work with legislators. It is laughable to think he will bring Congress under his control.

    January 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. J Houston, TX

    Romney/Giuliani would be my ticket of choice at the moment. Mitt has great economic experience and Rudy has the balls to get things done. They are both great orators and individuals capable of convincing people to stop bickering and start working together.

    It is indeed time for change. Time to stop giving away checks to anyone that knocks on the door. Time to stop wasting government money on social security programs that watch seniors have their money stolen for overinflated health costs (My grandmother spends over 5000 a month to live in assisted living). It's time to stop taxing American businessees and start taxing imports from low cost labor countries! It's time to renew the drive for manufacturing in the US and push technology ahead of the service sector. It's time to drop horrible foreign trade policies like NATO and start protecting ourselves. I'd rather pay my neighbor a few bucks more to make a car than get a deal from a foreign manufacturer!

    Hell if I could have it my way, Lou Dobbs would make a run.

    January 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. John

    Holy cow! That's a lot of bigots in that picture!

    January 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Dennis

    It's Time!

    OK, I realize that W has dramatically altered what Americans had known as a democracy. Some call it a dictatorship, others call it a theocracy, yet others call it neo-fascism. However, I really feel that there's another movement going on – a movement to sustain an autocracy. We have been governed by either a Bush or a Clinton since 1989! That 19 years of the same two families ruling, and if Hillary wins, that could be close to a quarter century controlled by two families!

    Isn't it time we repel the autocracy and vote for a fresh perspective? Isn't Barack Obama the person who best fits the bill?

    Please...no more Bushes or Clintons!

    January 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    Communism???? Has the Bush machine really brainwashed you?

    There's a reason why Republicans are running scared. They're doing so because the majority of Americans (even from polls on Fox News Channel), that Bush's approval ratings are consistently low.

    Let's not forget, among many other things, "WMDs" as the reason for going to war in Iraq. (And before one of you tells me that Kerry in 04 or Hillary for 08 both voted for it, lets remember that usually, when a President informs the Congress that there are WMDs, it should go across party lines. A President should not lie, and why? To finish what Daddy started? How many THOUSANDS of American troops are dead thanks to this fool?


    Only an idiot would vote for one. The more they are like Bush, the more they will be creamed in the 08 election.

    January 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. ron paul supporter

    do you think he'd be willing to asl Dr. Paul to spot him if he read the 911 commision report??

    rudy.. what a loser and scary fascist at that

    January 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Lauren Bates

    Ron Paul. All the others are not worthy. I'm sorry the media and it's allies have confused the public, but he is our only hope. Why don't you see other signs in the cities? It's because no one is really for these other candidates.

    January 14, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Joao Hernandez

    George W Bush should change the 22nd Amendment and run for a third term. Apart from some crazies in the South (those who don't have passports or read books), would anybody vote for him?

    January 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Lev Klinemann, CA

    I havent seen anything fall as fast as Rudy's campaign since the proposed privatization of the social security by Bush, and Bush had "capital.


    January 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Michael

    Huckabee/McCain 2008!

    January 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. sarahw


    January 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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