Mark Blumenthal | September 12, 2007
- Among 500 Democratic likely
voters, Sen. Hillary Clinton (at 36%) leads Sen. Barack Obama (18%), Sen. Joe Biden at 9%, and
former Sen. John Edwards (
9%8%)* in a statewide primary. All other candidates receive less than 5% each, and 21% are undecided.
- Among 500 Republican likely voters, former Sen. Fred Thompson leads former Mayor Rudy Giuliani leads (27% to 21%) in a statewide primary; Sen. John McCain trails at 9% and former Gov. Mitt Romney 8%. All other candidates receive less than 5% each and 25% are undecided.
According to the Insider Advantage release (link added):
Matt Towery . . . CEO of InsiderAdvantage, said: "Another survey released today shows Rudy Giuliani in the lead over Thompson. However, that survey includes Newt Gingrich in the survey question. Since Newt is currently not a candidate, and - unless Thompson crumbles, will not be a candidate - we felt a 'non-Newt' survey would provide a better overall view of the GOP field. Having Newt in a poll takes votes away from candidates and forces others to be undecided." Towery served as Gingrich's campaign chair until he resigned from the House in the late 1990s.
*Note: The original version of this post inadvertently omited Sen. Joe Biden and had Edwards at 9%. The email release we received from InsiderAdvantage reported the Edwards percentage as 9.4%, but the InsiderAdvantage website currently reports it at 8% (thanks to reader ME for the catch).