I saw this over on John Edwards for President and thought I would give you the story here. A new IBD/TIPP nationwide poll shows that McCain and Guiliani have a lead over the leading Democratic challengers, but that Edwards "might be their toughest opponent". Personally, I could care less which Republican is leading, or about this whole poll to be perfectly frank.
At this stage of the game I think national horserace polls are just silly. How many single issue voters said they would vote for Guiliani over Edwards without knowing their positions on choice and gay marriage are not so different (Guiliani being a social liberal), which negates the Republican lead in that camp and could send many right-wing voters into the arms of the Constitution Party.
However, the reason I am giddy over this poll is that John Edwards has the edge over other Democratic candidates. Given, the same caveats that I listed above hold true, it is still nice to see my guy in first place after the myriad Hillary/Obama front-runner stories. Maybe now we'll have someone actually talk about the huge crowds and activist base that John Edwards has in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
As promised, no automatic frontpaging of John Edwards stories unless I'm live-blogging something.
The poll results:
So, we have Edwards the closest to McCain, tied with Hillary against Guiliani, and beating Romney by the highest percentage. Of course, this doesn't take into account Brownback, or Harold Ford's darkhorse candidate...Jeb Bush. I will say the same thing here that I said after the 24/7 Obamamania polls, let's wait six months and see where everyone stands. Granted, the coverage of John Edwards lately has been a shadow of the traditional media's coverage of Obama. But, he has gotten nearly as much coverage as Hillary and Obama during his announcement tour, which might provide him with some surge.
Let's see where we are on April 1, or whenever the official first quarter money is announced. Hillary had $10 Million in the bank as of her election - let's see if he can pull in that much. It would be a huge show of power if he can, given that his $7.5 million last time around wowed everyone. This time he is a known quantity, so if the threat is real, then $10 should be viable.