Monday, March 26, 2007

The GOP presidential race...

Arizona Sen. John McCain, once considered the dominate front-runner in the Republican 2008 presidential sweepstakes, seems to be hitting the proverbial bump in the road.

First, over the weekend McCain acknowledged his campaign would fall short of its fundraising goals for the first quarter of 2007, and then brushed that aisde as just "one of those things in a campaign," and attributed it to a slow start. He said he expects former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to be out in front when the FEC reports are filed later this week.

The Romney campaign shot back, disputing reports of a $30 million to $35 million filing to be made, down-sizing his report to more like $20 million. They also claim they expect McCain to lead the pack.

Second, McCain's lead over former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani is slipping - in Arizona of all places, acccording to a Rocky Mountain Poll. It's the first time in his home state where he hasn't held a double digit lead over Guiliani, now his main challenger for the GOP nomination (although I still wouldn't rule out Romney as the dark horse in this contest).

But all three could find themselves surprised later this year. According to the Political Wite, former Tennesse Senator, and TV star, Fed Thompson's wife is urging him to get into the race. Thompson, who has yet to say whether he will or he won't (but has said he is "very interested"), is polling well at this point with about 6 percent support in national polls. Not bad for someone only rumored to be interested in making the plunge.


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