It’s moving week, so updates will be a little less frequent… but I will spotlight this news from Quinnipiac, which raised my eyebrows.
Widening his lead in the 2008 presidential race in New Jersey, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani tops New York Sen. Hillary Clinton 50 – 41 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Arizona Sen. John McCain ties Sen. Clinton 45 – 45 percent.
This compares to a 48 – 41 percent Giuliani lead over Clinton in a January 25 New Jersey poll by the independent Quinnipiac University. In that survey, McCain had 44 percent to Clinton’s 43 percent.
In this latest survey, independent voters back Giuliani 55 – 34 percent over Clinton; Giuliani also gets 91 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats. In a McCain-Clinton matchup, independents back the Republican 50 – 37 percent; McCain also gets 83 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats.
In other possible 2008 matchups:
Giuliani tops Obama 50 – 39 percent;
Obama edges McCain 45 – 41 percent.
…In a Democratic primary matchup, Clinton gets 41 percent, with 19 percent for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 10 percent for former Vice President Al Gore, 5 percent for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and 3 percent for Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden.
Giuliani leads a Republican primary with 58 percent, followed by McCain with 15 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 5 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 2 percent.