Republican Presidential Nomination Still Wide Open
The race for the nomination of the republican party in advance of the presidential election breaks wide open, with Romney and Giuliani tied in first place with only 20 per cent among republicans.
Two weeks before the Iowa caucus, the race for president, while tightening among Democrats, is wide open on the Republican side, highlighting the unusual fluidity of the first campaign for the White House in over a half-century that doesn't include an incumbent president or vice president.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that Rudy Giuliani has lost his national lead in the Republican field after a flurry of negative publicity about his personal and business activities, setting the stage for what could be the party's most competitive nomination fight in decades.
After holding a double-digit advantage over his nearest rivals just six weeks ago, the former New York City mayor now is tied nationally with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 20% among Republicans, just slightly ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 17% and Arizona Sen. John McCain at 14%. Other polls show Mr. Giuliani's lead shrinking in Florida, one of the states he has built his strategy around.
With the poll's margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percentage points, that puts Mr. Huckabee, who had only single-digit support in the previous poll in early November, within striking distance of the leaders. Mr. Romney's national support also has nearly doubled.
race for the Republican presidential nomination is wide open after a
new survey found former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani has lost his national
Two weeks before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses - the first in the nation
- a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows the race tightening for
Democrats but is wide open on the Republican side.
The unusual fluidity for the presidency is taking place amid a
contest that doesn't include an incumbent president or vice president
for the first time in a half-century.
Mr. Giuliani held a double-digit lead over his closest rivals a
little more than six weeks ago, but now is tied nationally with former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 20 percent among Republicans, just
slightly ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 17 percent and
Arizona Sen. John McCain at 14 percent.
Meanwhile, the Democratic race is more stable, with Sen. Hillary
Clinton of New York maintaining a 22-percentage-point national lead
over Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.[/q]
first president, George Washington, did not have to run in the Iowa
Caucuses (Iowa did not become a state until 1848), nor did he have to
travel to Dixville Notch in northern New Hampshire to win the votes of
the five to 10 people who vote at midnight on primary day.
Washington was the general who won the War of Independence
(1775–1783) and as such was unanimously elected in 1789 by all 69
electors, representing 10 states; and again in 1792, when he received
the unanimous vote of all 132 electoral votes cast in then 15 states.
In both elections, Washington didn’t do any campaigning. In addition,
Washington’s second inaugural address was only 135 words — the shortest
such speech to this day.
No president since has received the unanimous vote
of the Electoral College (now 539 votes), with 270 being the number needed to win on Dec. 15, 2008.
In the early days, some states elected their electors
by popular vote, while others had their state Legislature
choose their electors.
In the 1796 presidential election, Vice President John Adams ran
as a Federalist (Washington’s party), beating the Democratic-Republican
candidate Thomas Jefferson with 71 electoral votes to Jefferson’s 68
electoral votes. Jefferson became vice president simply
by placing second in electoral votes, which was the
process through the 1800 election.[/q]