Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Rudy Spends Big, but Stumbles in the Sunshine State

Reports from the Republican campaign show that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is slipping in Florida, the state where he has staked the future of his presidential campaign.

One website noted today that Giuliani has spent $40 million in his national presidential bid, but his Florida poll numbers have actually dropped.

One recent poll show Giuliani in a four-way tie in Florida, while another showed him trailing both John McCain and Mike Huckabee.

Our take: Stick a fork in this campaign—Rudy's done. Giuliani finished behind Ron Paul in yesterday's Michigan campaign, a very bad sign. Rudy will do much better in Florida, but he's unlikely to shine on Super Tuesday.

Oklahoma Republicans aren't going for Giuliani either. Sooner state conservatives will turn out big for Mike Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist minister whose values appear to fit the state's conservative profile.

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