Rudy Trails McCain in NY: Poll

Clinton enjoys African-American support in home state
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 2:09 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., smiles at a press conference following his Saturday South Carolina presidential primary victory at his hotel in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Onetime favorite Rudy Giuliani lags John McCain in his home state, two polls out today report, in another blow to the ex-New York mayor's sputtering campaign. In a Siena College poll, 36% of New York Republicans support McCain, to Giuliani's 24%, while a WNBC poll put the split at 34% to 23%. Only last month, Giuliani held a 33-point lead over McCain.

"While America's Mayor still has strong support among New York City Republicans, he is getting beat by McCain in the suburbs and trounced upstate," said a Siena pollster. GOP women moderately prefer Giuliani, but men are partial to McCain 3 to 1. The Siena poll also showed Hillary Clinton enjoying a 32% lead over Barack Obama among Democrats, driven partly by a 46% to 32% lead among African Americans.