Romney, Thompson Lead South Carolina; Thompson Almost Ties Clinton

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 23, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 23,

Washington, DC ( — Fred Thompson’s campaign got some good news in the polls this week as a new survey shows him tied with Mitt Romney in the early primary battleground of South Carolina. A new survey released Friday also shows him almost in a tie with pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton nationally.

The Rasmussen poll, conducted on Tuesday, finds both Thompson and Romney at 21 percent in the southern state among likely primary voters.

The bad news for Thompson is the poll shows a decline of four percent and Romney increasing his percentage, but it shows his campaign continuing its strategy of a strong showing in Iowa (where he’s tied for third) and a win in South Carolina.

Also, 68 percent of Romney’s supporters say they might change their mind before voting. For the other candidates, 47% to 57% of their supporters say the same thing.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen released a new poll on Friday showing Thompson just two points down to Hillary Clinton at 46-44 percent with 10 percent undecided.

The polling firm found pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani leads Clinton 46-42 with 12 percent undecided.

Some political pundits say Giuliani is the only candidate who can beat Clinton but Thompson is tied with the senator when the margin of error is considered.

Both Republicans are doing better against Clinton than they did in the previous Rasmussen Reports survey. In addition to losing ground in the national match-ups with Giuliani and Thompson, Clinton now trails four Republican hopefuls in the pivotal state of Florida.

Looking back at South Carolina, Rasmussen has Rudy Giuliani at 13%, Mike Huckabee at 12%, John McCain at 9%, and Ron Paul at 8%. Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter each earn support from 2% while 13% are undecided.

Those numbers reflect a seven-point drop for Giuliani, a nine-point gain for Huckabee, little change for McCain, and a six-point jump for Paul.

Thompson leads among Evangelical Christian voters, perhaps in part by his endorsement from National Right to Life

Giuliani remains the GOP front-runner in national polls, but trails in many early states while Mitt Romney leads in Iowa and New Hampshire.