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McCain replaces Giuliani in new FL poll



Sen. John McCain has surged to the front of the presidential pack in Florida, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. But consider the 4.8 percent margin of error and the race remains too close to call.

McCain has 22 percent of Republican likely primary voters, with Rudy Giuliani at 20 percent, and Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee at 19 percent each.

McCain shows the largest movement since Quinnipiac University’s December 20 likely voter survey, picking up 9 percentage points from his fourth-place 13 percent showing.

“These numbers can’t be good news for Mayor Giuliani who has staked his entire campaign on winning Florida and whose lead has evaporated," said pollster Peter Brown. "Giuliani is showing the negative effects of poor finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, while McCain’s jump is not unexpected given his New Hampshire victory

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton retains a 52 – 31 percent lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:15pm]


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