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Thompson Leading GOP Field in Ga., S.C.

Newly announced presidential candidate Fred Thompson leads his rivals for the Republican nomination in both Georgia and South Carolina, two new polls reveal.

In a poll of likely Georgia voters – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – by Strategic Vision LLC, Thompson received 32 percent of the vote, followed by Rudy Giuliani with 17 percent. Potential candidate Newt Gingrich got 9 percent, John McCain tallied 8 percent, and Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee each received 6 percent.

“Thompson has significantly increased his lead among Republicans since our June poll,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision.

“Even more evident is the magnitude of the McCain collapse in Georgia.”

A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll of likely primary voters in South Carolina showed Thompson ahead of Giuliani by a margin of 26 percent to 23 percent.

But Mitt Romney outpolled Thompson in two other key states. In Iowa, Romney received 28 percent of the vote, while Thompson and Giuliani each got 16 percent, and McCain received 7 percent.

In New Hampshire, Romney was tops with 28 percent of the vote, with Giuliani trailing at 23 percent. McCain was third with 12 percent, followed by Thompson with 11 percent.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton led with 34 percent of the vote in Strategic Vision’s poll in Georgia, followed by Barack Obama (25 percent), John Edwards (13 percent), and Bill Richardson (8 percent).

“Edwards lost significant support while Clinton increased and solidified her support,” said Johnson. “For Obama, the good news is that he is now the clear second choice to Clinton and is the second choice of a majority of Edwards’ voters.”

Clinton also beat out her Democratic rivals in the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

In South Carolina, where African-Americans are expected to comprise about half of the Democratic primary voters, Obama garnered only about one-third of the black vote, while Clinton tallied 43 percent.

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