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.