January 15th, 2008
10:09 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney win may give a boost to Giuliani's White House bid

(CNN) - Mitt Romney’s win in his native state of Michigan appears to be good news for Rudy Giuliani’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

The former New York mayor is spending most of his time and most of his money campaigning in Florida, which votes January 29. The Giuliani campaign’s strategy has been to de-emphasize early votes and instead concentrate on Florida and the coast-to-coast primaries which follow on February 5.

That strategy only has a chance of success if there’s no clear Republican front-runner heading into the Florida primary. Romney’s defeat of Sen. John McCain of Arizona means that three different candidates have now won the first three major contests of the race - leaving the front-runner mantle up for grabs.

Giuliani’s campaign put out a statement Tuesday night congratulating the former Massachusetts governor on his win, adding that “he race remains fluid and competitive, [and] our strategy remains on track.

"Rudy is going to continue to campaign aggressively in Florida and after the energy we’ve seen on the trail this past week, we’re confident that we’ll be successful on the 29th.”

But while Romney’s victory does leave the GOP field unsettled, Giuliani’s own performance in Michigan was nothing to brag about. With nearly 60 percent of the votes counted, the former mayor was in the low single digits.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Browmaster

    Why doesn't the media like Romney? kind of makes you wonder...

    Not about Romney but about the Media...

    remember the big media snafu back in 2000... we all most had mister I can't spell Potatoes right... but who cares about that we will all be dead from the Global Warming!

    Do your best CNN but the Right will prevail !

    My vote is with Romney! and I'm not even a Republican!

    January 16, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. oliver

    Rudy is the one who gave us hope after 9/11. Furthermore, he is, by far, the most sensible man to lead a nation, who led the 2nd largest economy in America and the 17th largest economy in the world. He commands the respect of Americans from all ages, races, religions. Give the man some respect and vote for him. Vote for Rudy Giuliani, the great Italian-American from New York City. A man who is ready, willing and able to lead America during these challenging times.

    January 16, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. gorudy

    go rudy go! rudy will be the republican nominee.

    the others are RINOS. and the ultra conservos don't stand a chance. Rudy is the bridge gapper, straight talker. He doesn't yap like Romney.

    January 17, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  4. william walsh columbus ohio

    cnn if your going to have a blog site then let it be,if your going to monitor every thing said then perhaps you should call it the bush blog, wake up! either let people say what they want or get off the net!!!! and let an american take control of all blogs, or if you are the almighty let everyone know it then we could understand your communist way of thinking

    January 17, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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