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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Hilllary, Giuliani Leading Respective Fields In Pennsylvania



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Quinnipiac University pollsters took a look at Pennsylvania and released the results this morning.

Pennsylvania voters back former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani by a narrow 47 – 44 percent over New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Arizona Sen. John McCain gets 46 percent to Sen. Clinton’s 45 percent, a tie. In other matchups, Clinton leads 53 – 34 percent over Romney; McCain leads 46 – 39 percent over Obama; McCain leads 47 – 42 percent over Edwards.

In a Pennsylvania primary, Clinton leads the Democratic pack with 37 percent, followed by 11 percent each for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 2004 vice presidential candidate John Edwards and former Vice President Al Gore.  Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden gets 5 percent.

Giuliani leads the Republican field with 30 percent, with 20 percent for McCain, 14 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 4 percent for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Not many surprises here; obviously Romney needs to boost his profile a bit compared to McCain and Giuliani, and anyone who wants to challenge Hillary has a ways to go. But, as I’m sure you’ve heard, it’s early. Really early.

UPDATE: I meant to link yesterday to David Weigel’s exploration of Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign and Hillary’s 2006 Senate campaign. Against opponents so weak they might as well not exist, Obama demonstrated considerably more crossover appeal.

Obama could actually have a secret slogan very appealing to conservatives: “Together, We Can End The Hillary Presidency Before It Starts.”


Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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