Giuliani’s Uptick

“The Rochester town meeting capped off a two-day visit to the Granite State. While somewhat off the beaten path, Rochester has a population of about 30,000, which makes it worthy of political attention.

The visit by the former mayor of New York City could mark the beginning of a building momentum for his candidacy in New Hampshire. Until now, Mr. Giuliani has laid back somewhat from spending the kind of time and energy necessary to win over voters in a state used to lots of personal contact with candidates.

Last week, he began running radio advertisements here. He also distributed a flyer via direct mail outlining his ” twelve commitments to the American People,” which have become planks in his stump speech, and brandished a laminated card with the twelve commitments prior to a speech in Wolfeboro, N.H.

While Mitt Romney, a former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, has been leading in most polls, an American Research Group survey released yesterday put Mr. Giuliani one point ahead in New Hampshire, 27% to 26%. The same poll said support for Senator McCain had plummeted to 10% from 21%.” Read more here.

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