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Poll Watch: Looking at Rasmussen’s Numbers In Ohio and Michigan

A fan of Fred notices that not only is Thompson starting to creep up on Giuliani as being seen by Republican voters as “the most electable” candidate, that phenomenon can be seen in a key state.

Rasmussen’s latest numbers in Ohio have some bright spots for Thompson, and generally a better outlook for the GOP than one might expect:

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Ohio voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton while 50% have a negative view.
On the Republican side, McCain is viewed favorably by 54%. Favorables for both Giuliani and Thompson total 53% while Romney earns positive reviews from 43%. Just 38% have an unfavorable view of Thompson while negative ratings for the other GOP candidates are in the low-to-mid forties…
Rudy Giuliani and John McCain both “lead” Clinton in Ohio by a statistically insignificant two percentage point margin. Fred Thompson is tied with the Democratic frontrunner while Clinton leads Mitt Romney by eight points.

In Michigan, however, Rasmussen has blah news for all the candidates:

Clinton leads Rudy Giuliani in Michigan by nine points (47% to 38%) and holds a thirteen point margin over Thompson (50% to 37%). Those margins are unchanged since August. Two other Republicans, John McCain and Mitt Romney, have gained a bit of ground but still trail Clinton by seven.
Clinton is viewed favorably by 54%, a figure none of the Republicans can match in Michigan. Giuliani and McCain each get positive reviews from 49% of the state’s voters, Romney from 46%, and Thompson from 42%. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Michigan voters know that Romney’s father was once Governor of their state. Only 16%, however, say that’s more likely to make them vote for the younger Romney.

Wasn’t Michigan supposed to be Romney’s second home state?

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