Rivals Catch Giuliani in Fla.

Come-from-behind strategy looks problematic as 4-way tie develops
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2008 2:39 PM CST
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, rides atop an old fire truck during The Three Kings Parade in the Little Havana section of Miami, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, as he makes a bus stop tour of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The strategy that had Rudy Giuliani waiting until the Jan. 29 Florida primary to make a grand entrance—and then running away with the race—is looking pretty rocky, says Salon blogger Tim Grieve. The New Yorker is now in a virtual four-Republican tie in Florida, says a Quinnipiac poll. Giuliani has 20% of the vote to John McCain’s 22%, Mitt Romney’s 19%, and Mike Huckabee’s 19%

A Quinnipiac poll a month ago had Hizzoner at 28%, with Huckabee in second at 21%. Despite Giuliani’s grand plan, Quinnipiac’s pollster says, Michigan and South Carolina results “will likely have a major effect” on the Florida contest. Giuliani’s positions in those states? He's polling in single digits in both.