GOP Gains in Head-to-Head Matches

Poll sees Clinton KO'd by Giuiliani, McCain; Obama fairs better
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2007 9:32 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill. speaks during a presidential forum on health care coverage, Saturday, March 24, 2007, in Las Vegas. The Forum was sponsored by the Center for...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The smart money says the 2008 election is the Democrats' to lose,  but a surprising Time poll has the Democratic front runners narrowly losing to the Repubican front runners in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups. Hillary Clinton loses to John McCain 42%-48%, and to Rudy Giuliani 41%-50%. Obama, behind Clinton in the polls, fares better: 43%-45% to McCain, 44%-45% to Giuliani.

"Giuliani and McCain both have an independent streak that plays well in certain traditional Democratic bastions,” explains Time pollster Mark Schulman. John Edwards, meanwhile, has new traction since his announcement of his wife’s recurrence of cancer. He’s still third, but his share of Democrat votes surged from 17% to 26%.