Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has pulled ahead of John McCain among Republican voters in McCain’s home state of Arizona three months before the Arizona primary.
The Rocky Mountain Poll released on Monday was the first major Arizona survey that found anyone but McCain at the head of the pack.
In the poll — conducted by the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center — Rudy Giuliani got 20 percent of the vote, edging out McCain at 18 percent. Mitt Romney trailed with 11 percent, and Fred Thompson garnered 10 percent.
McCain is “a favorite son in Arizona, and for him not to be able to just walk away with the nomination here strikes me as a story in itself,” Earl de Berge, research director of the Behavior Research Center, told the Phoenix-area East Valley Tribune.
“He should be head and shoulders above everybody else.”
McCain got 40 percent of the Republican vote in a Rocky Mountain poll conducted in January.
One factor in McCain’s plunge in Arizona is a sharp increase in the number of undecided voters, according to de Berge. They have risen from 12 percent in January to 32 percent this month, indicating that Republicans aren’t comfortable with the party’s front-runners.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton appears to have an insurmountable lead — 40 percent of the vote, far ahead of her closest rival, Barack Obama at 14 percent.
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