One of the first challenges for Republican candidates competing for the Republican nomination to be the party’s candidate for President is the New Hampshire Primary. The Republican Party needs to nominate a new candidate since President George Bush has served two consecutive terms and is not eligible for reelection. The New Hampshire Primary started in 1916 and has a rich history.
“Since 1977, New Hampshire law has stated that its primary is to be the first in the nation” Being first helps the New Hampshire Primary determine the early front runners even though New Hampshire is a small state. The results can make or break candidates. A good showing here by a lesser known candidate could propel them to being a front runner. A poor showing by a favorite candidate could drop them from continuing to be a front runner. However, it is important to keep in mind, that there will be several primaries as the Republican Party decides who will be their next Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates.
The Marist Poll released October 14, 2007 reports “Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edges the field of candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination.” 26% of likely Republican presidential primary voters would vote for Mitt Romney. Romney was followed closely by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with 20% and Senator John McCain with 17%. The race is extremely close with 15% undicided.10% of the pollsters were for Senator Fred Thompson. The rest were former Governor Mike Huckabee with 7%, Congressmen Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter with 2% each, Congressman Tom Tancredo with 1% and Senator Sam Brownback with less than 1%.
The Marist Poll is run by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinions. The Poughkeepsie, New York school is a private college.
Mitt Romney is a former Governor of neighboring Massachusetts. He served one term and did not seek reelection in 2006. He has an impressive business background being the former CEO of a consulting firm. Rudy Giuliani is the former Mayor of New York City. He was the Mayor when the tragedies of 9/11 occurred with the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. John McCain has been a Senator for Arizona since 1987. He is also a decorated veteran of Vietnam. He ran for the 2000 Republican nomination but lost out to current President George Bush.
Fred Thompson was a Senator for Tennessee 1994-2003, he is also an actor having portrayed a character on the television show Law and Order. Mike Huckabee was the Governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007. Ron Paul “is a 10th-term Republican United States Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas.” Duncan Hunter is a Representative in congress from California. It is a position he has served since 1981. Tom Tancredo is a Representative from Colorado in congress a position he has held since 1999. Sam Brownback is a Senator from Kansas; he has been in the Senate since 1996.
When the Marist Poll asked likely Republican primary voters what qualities they were looking for in a candidate. The top answer was the Republicans are looking for a strong leader (34%). They are also looking for a candidate who shares their values (25%) and who is closer to them on issues (20%).
The top concern for Republican voters was security against terrorism (26%), followed by the economy (18%), the war in Iraq (14%) and illegal immigration (12%). Lesser concerns were Health care (9%), social issues abortion/gay rights (8%), taxes (7%), education (4%) and the environment (2%).
The Marist Poll found Republicans felt Rudy Giuliani had the best chance of beating the Democrats for Presidency (40%), followed by Mitt Romney (29%) and John McCain (11%).
Looking at the Marist Poll it looks like a tight race is forming between Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. However, from the poll one can see a lot are undecided with 15%. One should also remember this is just a poll; a poll closer to the primary could have significantly different results. The only results that really matter are the results of the January primary.
Who will win the nomination to run for President for the Republicans? Will it be Giuliani or will it be Romney? Or will John McCain rally to get it? Who will the running mates be for Vice President? Follow the campaigns and follow the results of important primaries, like the New Hampshire Primary, to find out who will be the next Republican nominations.
On the New Hampshire Primary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_primary
On Ron Paul: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul
Marist Poll on New Hampshire Primary http://www.maristpoll.marist.edu/NH/NHPZ0710.htm