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Thompson Campaign Press Release - In Case You Missed It...Thompson Leading in South Carolina Poll

September 05, 2007

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Clemson University News Release

Palmetto Poll places Thompson, Giuliani in dead heat

CLEMSON - The Clemson University Palmetto Poll of likely voters in the South Carolina Republican and Democratic presidential primaries finds Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani in a virtual dead heat in the GOP contest, 19 percent to 18 percent, respectively...

The poll also finds only about one-quarter of the voters in each party admit to having a good idea about who they will support in the Republican primary on Jan. 19, 2008, or the Democratic primary scheduled for Jan. 29, 2008. (See the full results of the poll in Word format or HTML format).

"The fact that Fred Thompson, who has just now announced for the race, is virtually tied with Giuliani means that the Republicans are searching for an alternative to the familiar candidates," said Clemson University Strom Thurmond Professor of Political Science David Woodard. "The number of undecided voters means that the race in South Carolina will be hotly contested, and the outcome decisive in the national races."

The battle for the Republican primary is perched for a shakeup in the fall, according to Bruce Ransom, Clemson University political scientist.

"The poll finds Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani virtual tied just prior to Thompson's official entry into the Republican primary, giving Thompson an opportunity to enter the race officially and gather support from social conservatives, allowing him to distance himself from Giuliani and the other top-tier candidates," Ransom said.


Four hundred respondents were interviewed in each party for a total of 800 respondents. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent in each party subgroup.


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