With Rudy Giuliani campaigning in Florida with Yankee (and former Red Sox) star Johnny Damon, comes word that his fortunes are lagging in his homestate.
The former New York City mayor trails rival John McCain by 12 points among Republicans in the upcoming New York presidential primary, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll.
"In a stunning turnaround, John McCain has turned a 33-point deficit with Republican voters in December into a 12-point lead over Rudy Giuliani today," said Steven Greenberg, Siena New York poll spokesman. "While America’s mayor still has strong support among New York City Republicans, he is getting beat by McCain in the suburbs and trounced upstate. Republican women give Rudy a small edge, however, Republican men are behind McCain nearly three-to-one."
McCain has the support of 36 percent of Republicans, followed by Giuliani at 24 percent, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 10 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 7 percent, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson at 6 percent. Seventeen percent of Republicans remain undecided.
On the Dem side, NY Sen. Hillary Clinton still has a strong home field advantage, maintaining a two-to-one lead over Barack Obama, Greenberg said.