3rd Place Would Finish Rudy

Campaign chairman concedes it's now or never for momentum
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 11:20 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaks at a campaign rally in Clearwater, Fla., Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A poor showing in today's Florida primary could scuttle Rudy Giuliani’s campaign, his chairman admitted yesterday. "If he is second or first, he certainly has momentum. But if he finishes third, it's going to be hard to get momentum,” Houston lawyer Pat Oxford told the Dallas Morning News. Giuliani is touting himself as an odds-defying guy, but he's far behind John McCain and Mitt Romney in polls.

The candidate isn't throwing in the towel—yet. "In the past, I've done the impossible,” insisted Giuliani, who is hoping that 1 million-plus early Florida voters, who began casting ballots January 14, when he was leading in the polls, will give him the edge. Some 9 million voters are expected today. (Read more Florida stories.)