New Polls Show Presidential Race Tightening on Both Democrat, GOP Sides

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 20, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Polls Show Presidential Race Tightening on Both Democrat, GOP Sides Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 20,

Washington, DC ( — New presidential polls show the races for both the Republican and Democratic nominations for president tightening. On the GOP side, pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani continues to fade while a new survey shows Hillary Clinton now running in second in the leading caucus state of Iowa.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll, conducted from November 14-18 has pro-abortion Illinois Sen. Barack Obama now leading in Iowa with the support of 30 percent of Iowa Democrats there.

Clinton, a senator from New York, has the support of 26 percent while John Edwards, the pro-abortion former senator from North Carolina, gets 22 percent.

Among Democrats who said they’re “absolutely certain” to vote for the candidate they support, Obama is now ahead of Clinton by two percentage points.

Meanwhile, a new CNN-WMUR survey shows Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, leading in New Hampshire, site of the second presidential contest. Sen. John McCain of Arizona now holds the second position, moving pro-abortion ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani down to third place.

The poll shows Romney’s support growing from 25 percent to 33 percent over the same period, with McCain steady at 18 percent and Giuliani dropping from 24 to 16 percent.

But the poll suggests the GOP race remains fluid as only 14 percent of those surveyed said they had definitely decided on a candidate. Only 29 percent say they are leaning to one candidate and a whopping 56 percent have yet to decide.

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani continues to lead the Republican presidential primary in Florida, according to a Rasmussen poll, but he’s dropped two percent from the 29% support he enjoyed in September.

Romney has moved into second place with 19 percent support — up eight points since September and Fred Thompson comes in third with 16 percent. The latest Florida survey also shows John McCain at 10%, Mike Huckabee at 9%, and Ron Paul at 5%.

Nationally, Giuliani leads with 24 percent, according to Rasmussen, with Thompson and Romney tied at 14 percent and McCain at 10 percent.