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Republicans and McCain
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, December 27, 2007

With a week to go until the Iowa caucuses, Rasmussen points to the tightening of the race among Republicans in its national poll:
In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, it’s Mike Huckabee at 20%, Rudy Giuliani 18%, John McCain 14%, Mitt Romney 13%, and Fred Thompson at 11%.
That shows Romney slipping into 4th place by a point. Ron Paul is at 5%. Of course the margin of sampling error for each is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. So it could be even tighter than shown. All of that to point to something Rasmussen quoted in the report:
An Inside Report by Robert Novak says that McCain is now “viewed by canny Republican professionals as the best bet to win the party's presidential nomination.” McCain has the highest favorability ratings of any candidate in either party—55%. He is viewed favorably by 43% of Democrats and 60% of those not affiliated with either major party (see key stats for all Republican candidates). McCain has opened up a six-point lead over Hillary Clinton.
You've been hearing these rumbles for weeks, the almost Lazarus like resurrection of the McCain candidacy? Lord help us all, it may be true.
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I will take all manner of bets that McCain will not win the nomination, unless we’re talking about the Democrat nomination.
Written By: Grimshaw
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Well it appears the media can still pick our candidates for us.

Huckabee went up a few points in a poll which gave the media the excuse to give him all kinds of free coverage (sans scrutiny) which boosted him dozens of points.

I see signs McCain is starting to get the same treatment right now.

So I suspect the media will boost McCain back into the race. Reading the internet and blogs, we sometimes forget the MSM still has the majority of public reach by far.
Written By: jpm100
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I met John McCain several years ago, and he is the most annoying bastard I ever met. And I met Al Gore as well on the same trip.

If McCain gets the nomination, God help me I will stay home next November. Better a Dem to run against in 2 and then 4 years than McCain, who will split the GOP right in half.
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