The latest Quinnipiac poll shows former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani leading Senator Hillary Clinton in the key battleground states of Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Among Democrats, only Gore ran stronger in FL and PA, although he lost Ohio badly. The AFP reports:
Republican Rudolph Giuliani is favored over Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for the US presidency in three key electoral states, while ex-vice president Al Gore might be the Democrats strongest choice for 2008, a new poll showed Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University poll showed that former New York mayor Giuliani, who is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination, would beat Democrat Senator Clinton solidly in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Read it all at the above link. Giuliani has consistently performed strongest among potential Republicans against most of the Democrats, and Hillary's negative ratings have returned to the high levels not seen since before she won her Senate seat.
Gore scores well in the states in which he ran strongly in 2000. less so in Ohio. It seems highly unlikely he will enter the race, though. Observers have not noticed any dramatic weight loss from the former Vice President, who has become (as the chaps at finer men's shops so charitably term it) rather "portly" in recent years. It was widely suspected he would attempt to trim down if he had any ideas of running.
The cumulative effect of all such polls is to craft an "electablity" argument for the Giuliani campaign. This hurts McCain most directly, as he is the most familiar figure on the GOP list, but also weighs against the potential entry of Gingrich, also no stranger to the public. Romney, and Thompson if he gets in, can claim lack of name recognition, but only for so long. Sooner or later, if the numbers don't match the fundraising, the money dries up.