CA GOP PRIMARY: Giuliani's Once 21-Point Lead Vanishes; McCain Now 15 Points Atop Rudy --
Rudolph Giuliani, who led in California's Republican Primary by 20 points in August and by 21 points in October, suddenly finds himself looking at John McCain's read-end, according to SurveyUSA tracking poll data conducted for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego and KFSN-TV Fresno. Compared to a SurveyUSA poll released one month ago, before Iowa and New Hampshire, McCain is up 19 points, from 14% on 12/17/07 to 33% today. Giuliani is down 10 points, from 28% to 18%. California is central to Giuliani's 'Big State' strategy, which kept him out of early caucuses and primaries, to allow him to concentrate on Florida on 01/29/08 and the delegate rich states such as California which vote on 02/05/08. SurveyUSA polling now shows Giuliani behind McCain in Florida, just 3 points ahead of McCain in Giuliani's home state of New York, and now down by double digits in CA. Mike Huckabee runs 3rd at 14%, Mitt Romney 4th at 13%, with Fred Thompson and Ron Paul further back. Among Moderate Republicans, Giuliani has fallen 27 points, from 46% in August to 19% today. McCain has gained 29 points among Moderates during that period, from 13% in August to 42% today.