Monday, November 12, 2007

McCain Campaign Bouncing Back?

From Rasmussen Reports:

Election 2008: Clinton vs. McCain & Romney
McCain Leads Clinton By Two While Clinton Tops Romney by Five

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Election 2008 shows Arizona Senator John McCain (R) leading New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D) by just two percentage points, 47% to 45% While the “lead” is statistically insignificant, it’s the first time since May that McCain has had any advantage over Clinton. The election poll also found Clinton leading former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 47% to 42%. But, Romney is gaining some ground on the Democratic frontrunner. Romney trailed Clinton by six in August.

But given how fluid the Republican nominating contest is proving to be, McCain may have a chance to jump-start his campaign. His strong performance in general-election match-ups with top Democrats may help. McCain is virtually tied with Senator Barack Obama and trails former Senator John Edwards by a modest amount. At the moment, McCain polls better against Clinton than either Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson.

Given the fact that Fred Thompson has fizzled, Romney is seen by many as a flip flopper, Giuliani is increasing moving to the authoritarian right, and Clinton is the single most polarizing figure in office outside of W himself McCain might prove the old adage "slow and steady wins the race" true if current trends hold. Heck, given the choice between Giuliani, Clinton, and McCain I'd pick McCain any day of the week.