Jan 13, 2008

McCain: The Only Choice For Republicans

In our 4 January analysis of the Iowa primary result we expressed the view that McCain was the Republican most likely to have a chance of beating any of the likely Democratic Party rivals for the Presidency.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll out today confirms this assessment.

According to the survey, both of the Democratic front-runners, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, hold mostly double-digit -- and statistically identical -- advantages over Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee, drawing greater than 50 percent support in each hypothetical matchup.

The Republican candidate who gives Clinton and Obama the closest race in the new poll is Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is essentially tied with both: He draws the support of 48 percent of those surveyed to Clinton's 50 percent and Obama's 49 percent.