October 7, 2007

FOX BUTTERFIELD FILES:

In New Hampshire, the GOP Race Gets Tighter (Michael D. Shearm, 10/07/07, Washington Post)

For months, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has owned this state. A next-door neighbor with a vacation home here, Romney has had a double-digit lead over his fellow Republicans in the nation's first primary state, a hallmark of his highly disciplined campaign for the presidency.

Now, that lead has all but evaporated. The latest polls show him running neck-and-neck with former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has beefed up his campaign staff and flooded the state with direct mail to make up for his infrequent visits. And a revived Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the darling of New Hampshire in 2000, in nipping at both of their heels.

Romney's drop, which has come despite him spending millions of dollars on television commercials here and years building a ground operation, has turned the Granite State into a tossup three months before the voting takes place.


Duh? It's hardly coincidental that running an anti-GOP ad has pancaked his lead. Meanwhile, as he and the Mayor go at each other over who's more liberal it just makes Maverick look better and better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2007 3:54 PM
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