Thompson’s Presence Felt Among GOP As He Ties for 2nd Nationally and 1st in Alabama Ten declared GOP Candidates Gather for First Debate while Voters Keep Their Eyes on Fred Thompson
May 3, 2007 (Knoxville, TN)
Although not an announced candidate for president, former United States Senator Fred Thompson has moved into a tie for second place among likely Republican Primary voters according to the latest national Rasmussen Poll conducted April 23-26, 2007.
The poll shows Thompson tied with Senator John McCain at 14 percent. Thompson’s support has not slipped since Rasmussen began including him in their survey five weeks ago. Former New York City Mayor Giuliani remains in the lead with 30 percent while other candidates registered near or less than 10 percent.
In addition to the national survey, an InsideAdvantage/Majority Opinion poll conducted April 30-May 1 in Alabama shows Thompson in a statistical tie for first place with Mayor Giuliani with 19 percent and 21 percent respectably. Senator McCain drew 15 percent and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 5 percent.
“As the ten declared candidates gather at the Reagan Library tonight to debate, there will be a six foot five shadow across the stage,” said Dean Rice, Draft Committee Treasurer. “These poll numbers further confirm what the Draft is seeing every day. Voters are increasingly anxious for Thompson to join the race, but are patient enough to wait for him.”
The Draft Fred Thompson 2008 Committee is co-chaired by Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. and Congressman Zach Wamp and includes elected officials, Republican Party activists and business leaders from states ranging from Connecticut to Texas and from South Carolina to California.
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