ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Fred Thompson, the former U.S. Senator from Tennessee and TV and movie star, is now tied with Senator John McCain for second place as the Republicans' first choice for President in the 2008 elections. However, they are both a long way behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is preferred by fully 38 percent of those who believe they will vote in the Republican primaries or caucuses. Thompson and McCain are each preferred by 18 percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 9 percent and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 8 percent. The most dramatic change to occur in the last month is that Fred Thompson has moved up from 13 percent to 18 percent. However, the largest change is that Romney's support has slipped from 14 percent to 8 percent.
These are just some of the results of the latest Harris Poll of 2,523 U.S. adults, including 543 adults who expect to vote in a Republican primary or caucus, conducted online by Harris Interactive(R) between May 3 and 10, 2007. Like all polls conducted well before an election, it should not be read as a prediction. Rather, it is a snap shot of the presidential "horse race" at a very early stage in the race. A future column will assess the standing of the leading Democrats.