Rudy Giuliani is one of the four Republican candidates that are competing to win the GOP primary in Florida. The former New York City mayor is placing his hopes in making a comeback victory in Florida.
“We have them lulled into a false state of security,” the former mayor joked in regards to his rivals at Thursday night’s MSNBC debate in South Florida. Giuliani’s rapid descent from the polls is one remarkable part in the 2008 presidential race. He had led the national polls for most of 2007.
In a sense, things have fluctuated for Rudy Giuliani. He was considered an improbable candidate to an unlikely nominee to ascend upwards to national front runner. According to the polls, the former mayor is left to talk about a bringing a comeback victory in this campaign.
But, a possible victory in Florida could be considered a big surprise for the GOP hopeful. It would mirror the success of Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton who had won in New Hampshire three weeks ago in an upset victory.
While Giuliani had Florida for himself for two weeks, the most recent polls released, he is failing in Florida. A poll by NBC News-Wall Street Journal shows that Giuliani’s public image has been battered by long exposure to voters.
A win in Florida could bring life back to Giuliani’s campaign. However, it does not look to be the case before the primary.
Giuliani’s advisers did not discount the problems he would face. His advisers came to the conclusion that off of early research, only a minority of Republicans who held views that were considered conflicting would not consider voting for him.
Advisers were under the belief that there were more than enough voters willing to give Giuliani a look that he could win primaries in a field with many candidates. The second was that they believed that social issues would play a less significant role in the nomination than the years past.
They had also banked on his reputation that was enhanced after 9/11 that would make the candidate appealing to the conservative base, regardless on what they feel towards his views on social issues.
Overall, it would look as if whether Giuliani’s campaign will float or sink will lie in the voters of Florida’s GOP primary.