Rudy Did Try in NH—and Still Failed

Campaign downplayed effort in early states, but numbers don't lie
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 9:37 AM CST
GOP presidential hopefuls former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee left, and former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani with Janet Huckabee center, talk while they were campaigning at a polling place in Manchester,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani shrugged off his 9%, fourth-place showing in New Hampshire last night, citing his strategy to skimp there and go for the bigger states with later primaries — Florida, New York and California. But the numbers belie that claim, reports ABC News. Giuliani attended 126 pre-primary events in New Hampshire, according to the network's count, well outstripping winner John McCain's 104. Only Mitt Romney, who made it to 176 events, outdid him.

Rudy also attended more events than either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. And the former New York mayor outspent both Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul on TV ads in New Hampshire. A Giuliani spokeswoman questioned ABC figures and insisted the candidate has never downplayed his efforts in the state.