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Giuliani Begins Retreat From New Hampshire
The New York Sun ^ | 12/18/2007 | NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT

Posted on 12/18/2007 8:54:13 AM PST by Ol' Sparky

Rudolph Giuliani's decision to largely abandon the early voting state of New Hampshire and concentrate his efforts on the Florida primary three weeks later reflects an uncomfortable truth for the former New York mayor: The more he campaigned in the Granite State and the more he spent on advertising there, the more his poll numbers dropped.

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To: ConservativeDude

Don’t count either McCain or Romney out yet, unfortunately. Romney especially. He is really the one to beat IMO.

21 posted on 12/18/2007 9:19:21 AM PST by DemEater
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To: Ol' Sparky
Poll numbers drop?

Here is Rasmussen's latest, with change:

Romney 33% (-1 from late November) McCain 18% (+3) Giuliani 15% (0) Huckabee 14% (0)

Here is the Realclearpolitidcs average: Romney 32.0 McCain 18.5 Guliani 16.5 Huckabee 11.0 Thompson 7.0

If you look at their timeline chart, the guy who has tanked the most in NH is . . . Fred, down from over 12% a month ago to 2% in the composite average.

Here is the MI primary composite poll: Guliani 22.5 Romney 20.3 Thompson 12.8 McCain 11.3 Huckabee 10.3

Finally, here is the latest SurveyUSA for FL: Guliani 29 Huckabee 24 Romney 20 McCain 10 Thompson 8

Now, I fail to see a "flatlining" of anyone except Fred. Indeed, he is falling across the board, except for SC; the Huckaboomlet appears to have peaked; and Mitt and Rudy still have their leads in, respectively, NH and FL.

22 posted on 12/18/2007 9:20:35 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: wideawake

“Looks like the field will soon be Romney, Huckabee and Thompson.”

Unfortunatley I see Romney, Huckester and McPain.

23 posted on 12/18/2007 9:27:04 AM PST by DemEater
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To: gridlock

Dean was not the first front-runner in 2004, either.”

You might be thinking of Gephardt who was sort of the “frontrunner” until Dean announced. Once any actual campaigning began, ie, by summer of 2003, Gephardt was history and Dean caught on like wildfire. So I’m not sure there was ever any substance there for Gephardt. It’s just that no one else was running yet.

By June 2003, Dean was already on TV (the first candidate to do so). In July of that year, he won the “primary” and beat the stuffing out of the other candidates. In July of that year, he outraised everyone. By the fall of that year, Dean had the most money, the best organization and the most intense anti-war following. By Christmas, Dean had been endorsed by Tom Harkin and Gore.

Bottom line, Dean was a long, long time frontrunner in Iowa (like Romney). Then came January and the rest is history.

24 posted on 12/18/2007 9:27:09 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: varon

Fred’s numbers were quite high before he announced. After he announced, his numbers started slipping. Therefore, if he expects to win, he needs to drop out of the race ;-)”

As I have said on other threads, the more the voters see of Fred the less they like him. A lot of freepers think that is the sign of a winning campaign. I just don’t buy it.

I like Fred and all but I look for him to be gone after SC. He “should” do well there. But I don’t think he will. Especially after he comes in behind Ron Paul in NH. It is sad, b/c he would be a good President. But to become President, you have to run an effective campaign. And Fred has been pretty much a disaster in that regard. (But you never know....he “could” still, somehow, come out of this and surprise everyone....).

25 posted on 12/18/2007 9:31:37 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

Huckster’s support is all media driven. He’s an empty suit like Obama.

26 posted on 12/18/2007 9:33:07 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Congratulations Brett Favre! All-time NFL leader in career passing yards)
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To: Ol' Sparky
Mr. Giuliani's slide in New York comes hot on the heels of a Rasmussen poll at the end of last week showing him in third place in Florida behind Messrs. Huckabee and Romney after easily leading the field since September.

Ta-ta Rooty it was nice .. wait, no it wasn't.

Anywho, the SS Rooty (ship #911) is sinking fast. His 'win the liberal blue state mega primaries' strategy ain't working. Besides losing FL now, Rooty is also losing in IL per the latest poll.

As to New York, if nominated (God forbid), Rooty goes down in flames to Hill in the general. He's always trailed her, a frigging carpetbagger. And in NJ which he had led, that's gone too now, The Beast beats him in NJ also.

The fact is there isn't a Gore-Kerry Blue State he (cough) 'puts in play', but there's many Red ones he'd lose. If he had an ounce of decency (sarcasm), he'd drop out now.

Rootie Julie Annie is....

An aside: I've never understood the rudybots infatuation and brouhaha with Rooty taking NJ's Electoral College votes while pooh-poohing Hill taking NY's in a cake walk. NJ has 15 stinking votes - 15! .. while NY has 31. That logic escapes me.

27 posted on 12/18/2007 10:00:51 AM PST by Condor51 (I wouldn't vote for Rooty under any circumstance -- even if Waterboarded!)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Giuliani set up the Feb 5th firewall for a reason. He needs to win on name recognition rather than substance.

By having the races closs together they have less momentum transfer with the ground troops.

28 posted on 12/18/2007 10:21:48 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: longtermmemmory

But he still leads the National Polls! Put a fork in him, he no longer leads in any of the first major tests. Better start retreating all the way back to Manhattan Rudy.

29 posted on 12/18/2007 10:23:48 AM PST by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: mvpel

Giuliani signs now populate all the real estate properties which the GWBush campaign USED to have.

First they were Jeb, then GWBush, then Crist, now Giuliani.

in various locations in the state.

30 posted on 12/18/2007 10:24:19 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: teddyballgame

I wonder if it matters that FL has been penalized 1/2 their primary delegates.

31 posted on 12/18/2007 10:28:02 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: Vaquero

Tancredo is also.

32 posted on 12/18/2007 10:30:16 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I hope you are right, but I fear not.

I think Huckster has sort of stepped into a perceived void. While there are several legitimate socially conservative candidates, none of them can communicate their political positions in a way which resonates with evangelicals. Plus, he is sort of “likable” in that George W. Bush way. And he’s “compassionate” and a southerner and that is going to play pretty well in the primaries, at least leading up to Feb. 5. But...if he wins IA and SC, and performs admirably in NH and MI...and if he manages to WIN in FL, then watch out. Huckabee might just have a shot at this. Even with those early victories, he will get drubbed in NJ and Cali on Feb. 5. But I suspect in the midwest, Texas, OK, the rest of the south, he will do extremely well - whereas Giuliani would be looking to ride the wave of victory in each of those places where he would normally have some problems.

It is going to be an interesting two months.

33 posted on 12/18/2007 10:38:12 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude; Ol' Sparky; varon; DemEater
Thompson HAS been making moves right along. The reason many don't think so is because his is the one conservative name that must NOT be mentioned on TV (even on Fox).

Last night he kicked off a grueling, jam-packed two-week tour of Iowa, hitting just about every major city and plenty of cow-towns in the Hawkeye state. Did you hear about this on your news last night? The only place I saw this is right here on FR.

I met Fred and heard him up close and personal. Those that say he has no "fire in the belly" are horses' ashes.

Vis a vis the more loud GOP candidates, Fred does a lot of people-to-people campaigning, unheralded and under the media's liberal radar.

Let's see how he does in Iowa where he has never been expected to finish in the top two or three spots...and there are little expectations now.

Many folks may be surprised if he ends up in one of the top positions.

I won't.


34 posted on 12/18/2007 10:42:00 AM PST by MinuteGal (Three Cheers for the FRed, White and Blue !!!)
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To: MinuteGal
Actually, one of the top political journalist. David Yepsen, in Iowa just wrote a column stating that he thought Fred and Edwards could be the surprises of the Iowa caucus:\

But after a sluggish start, Thompson has sensed an opening in Iowa, and he's moving decisively to exploit it. The opening arises from a combination of Romney's changes of position on social issues and Huckabee's stumbles on foreign-policy questions and immigration.

After his winning performance in the Des Moines Register's debate, Thompson has embarked on a lengthy bus tour of the state. During these final days, his campaign says he'll hold events in 50 communities and will visit 54 of the 99 counties.

On Monday, he picked up the surprise endorsement of Congressman Steve King. Of all the endorsements flying around these days, that one could move the most numbers. It sends a powerful signal from one of Iowa's most conservative leaders to others on the right around the state: We've now got a horse we can ride.

35 posted on 12/18/2007 11:09:16 AM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: MinuteGal

Many folks may be surprised if he ends up in one of the top positions.”

Perhaps, and hopefully, you are right and his retail politicking will pay off. That would be a pleasant surprise to me.

Now, that said, if that is the sort of effort it will take to turn it around elsewhere, then even an impressive silver in Iowa will rapidly become irrelevant.

With regards to how intense his campaign has been, though we are glad about his Iowa effort, did you happen to see the story about the Florida GOP bigwig gathering where every campaign shelled out $100,000 (!) to speak? All of the other candidates tried to make the most of the evening and spoke at length. Thompson, however, spoke for something like a minute and sat down. Basically he not only flushed that money down the toilet he rather dramatically underwhelmed some important GOP grassroots leaders in an important early state. Now I’m not crazy about the fire in the belly metaphor, either, but there is some sort of problem with a campaign that approaches important moments with that attitude, call it what you will.

But, though, back to your point. If his retail politics pays off in Iowa, then maybe his campaign will have found some life and he will stay in the race for a while. That would be nice, for sure.

36 posted on 12/18/2007 12:57:51 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: MinuteGal

One other point.

If Thompson ends up edging out Romney, then, wow, that campaign is DONE. I think then NH is in play and that would be interesting, b/c Huckabee isn’t a strong factor there as of now.

In any event, if you are right, it will make things more interesting.

37 posted on 12/18/2007 1:08:29 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Ol' Sparky

Giuliani is a crook who doesn’t stand a chance...his name has been forced down our throats and this country is finally starting to throw him up...good god, the way this country is fed by the media and it’s supposed ‘chosen few’ is ridiculous...the fact someone like hillary is even running for political office says everything about how dumbed down people really are in the masses

honesty has no voice...integrity, reason, logic...these are words for dreamers and ‘nuts’

go back to sleep america...its only the primaries...your living room and beer stash won’t be disturbed...the CFR is the unseen church, the dollar is our imagination gone wild, the war our illogical-indefinite stance on defeating an ‘ism

38 posted on 12/19/2007 10:59:05 AM PST by lenn9o9n
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