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.