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Poll: Thompson gaining in FL

The new Quinnipiac poll out today finds Fred Thompson in second place among Florida Republicans, and Hillary Clinton still sitting pretty:

Rudy Giuliani leads among Republican primary voters, with 31 percent, down from 38 percent on April 26. Thompson gets 14 percent, up from 5 percent April 26, while John McCain gets 10 percent, down from 15 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets 8 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 7 percent....Among Democrats, Clinton gets 34 percent, with 16 percent for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 13 percent for former Vice President Al Gore and 11 percent for 2004 vice presidential candidate John Edwards.

"Mayor Giuliani is ahead, but his support is slipping and his new major challenger is not even in the race. Thompson, who deserves an Emmy for his performance as the dark horse, seems to be picking up many of those who are leaving Giuliani and McCain, whose support seems to be collapsing," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:26pm]


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