Polls show strong McCain lead in SC, NH, IAMarch 24, 2007
McCain S.C. reported last Sunday that Sen. John McCain held a seven point lead in South Carolina over ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The Politico’s Jonathan Martin Friday covered a new poll by the American Research Group showing similar McCain leads in New Hampshire and Iowa.
In Iowa, ARG now has McCain and Rudy tied at 29%… McCain leads Giuliani 39%-30% among Independents in the Hawkeye State.
In New Hampshire, ARG has McCain at 23% to Rudy’s 19%. Among Indepdenents there — the folks who powered the maverick to victory in the 2000 New Hampshire primary — McCain’s lead over Rudy grows to 33%-22%.
McCain’s strong polling in New Hampshire (the first primary state), Iowa (the first caucus state) and South Carolina (the first southern primary state) solidifies his “frontrunner” status. The numbers show that McCain’s grassroots campaign is resonating with voters in the three states with the most influence in determining the GOP nominee.