5 GOP Frontrunners All Have Fighting Chance

Nobody's out of it in wide-open race
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Dec 25, 2007 12:53 PM CST
Republican Presidential hopeful, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani leaves his Manhattan apartment after spending the morning at home, Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 (AP Photo/David Karp)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Just days before the primary polling starts, the GOP presidential race is so unsettled, there's a plausible scenario that gives any of the top four candidates—and even the trailing Fred Thompson—the nomination. Politico plays out what would have to happen for each of them to prevail. Romney needs Iowa; if he gets it, with New Hampshire a quick follow, he's on a roll.

Huckabee needs Iowa, too, to get a pass for New Hampshire, to carry him to the Southern primaries, where he'll be strong. Giuliani might just have the name recognition and the funds to fly without Iowa or NH, though it's never been done. McCain is back from the dead on the strength of improvement in Iraq, and Thompson, if he took third in Iowa, might just be able to hang on to battle Huckabee for the South.